A scoundrel like Jack Harwood was nothing but trouble to a respectable girl's good name and reputation. Gambling and alcohol were but a small sampling of his sinful vices. And Audra Garrison, her fine name already in question back home in Wyoming, must protect her public appearance at all costs. And that meant staying away from Jack Harwood. Especially since lady teachers had ever so many more rules to live by - and the eyes of the community watching her every move. Any involvement with the likes of Mr. Harwood would surely spell disaster to her name and possibly her teaching career. But Jack Harwood was oh so tempting!
Jack couldn't help himself. The lovely little schoolmarm had his attention and suddenly leaving Candon, Texas wasn't quite so pressing an urge. But with all those rules in place and Audra so aware of what was and was not acceptable behavior for a lady of her position, how could Jack manage to convince a respectable girl like Audra to gamble on a man such as himself? Suddenly, Jack is surprised to find he is willing to change his ways and risk all for the schoolmarm who had won his heart.
Dorchester "Leisure" book, published in 2000
Historical romance, set in Texas in 1900
"There were so many things that a girl shouldn't do, and for a teacher, there were even more. MIss Garrison was learning them all by doing them. No sooner had the hapless beauty escaped scandal in her Wyoming home by taking a Texas teaching job, than she'd met up with "Handy" Jack Harwood -- a handsome gambler who would surely do her reputation no good. She knew she could get on track, if only she could ignore the unladylike excitement he stirred in her. She'd gamble one last time -- on the good ness of Jack's rakish soul and that they were meant to be together, After that, she'd start...behaving herself."