Prosper, Colorado is the place and statehood looks like a sure-thing. It is the late 1800s and Lucas Cochran is returning home after a 10 year absence. His father has died, leaving the Double C to his son; the ranch is prosperous but Lucas plans to make it more so in the future.
In order to protect his growing empire, Lucas must secure another water source for his cattle. In years with plenty of rain, hes fine; but during an extended drought, his herds could run out of water. Planning to solve his problem with money, he travels to Angel Creek to buy the land from its owner. Hes cocky and assured of his right to have whatever he can buy after all, everyone has his price.
Lucas is surprised to find a well-tended and prosperous farm with only one person on the land Dee Swann. Since her parents died, Dee has tended and worked the land (for 5 years) by herself. She considers herself independent and self-sufficient. Shes not one bit interested in Lucas offer and offers to show him how little shes interested with her shotgun. Lucas is shocked; Dee is just as hard-headed as he and she doesn't crater to his demands.
However, Lucas realizes she is in a difficult situation; she will be safe as long as everyone has water but when a drought comes, she will be alone against large ranchers demanding her water.
I really liked Dee; she stayed isolated so that no one would bother her or think she would sell. Any who had tried were swiftly dealt with via Dees shotgun. However, Lucas didnt seem too concerned about Dee or her collection of guns.
This book spoke to me because each of these characters was adamant that their way was best and didnt plan to change. However, as they got to know each other (through lots of heated arguments), they grew to realize the strength and innate goodness of the other.
I was disappointed in the first sex scene; Lucas took what he wanted (that innate goodness took a vacation).
Of course, a drought comes and is causes an incredible amount of trouble and heartache. Lucas betrays Dees trust in him for her own good. When Dee doesn't come to her senses as hed planned, Lucas starts to think about what hes done and realizes the severity of his error.
1. A Lady of the West (1990)
2. Angel Creek (1991)
3. The Touch of Fire (1992)
great book i couldn't put it down I read it in one day