Dana Birch vowed never to put herself at the mercy of a powerful man. She became a deputy so that she could take care of herself and protect those she loves. Especially her best friends, the Titan sisters.
Twenty years ago, Garth Duncan swore revenge on Jed Titan for abandoning Garth and his mother. Now he's back to fulfill that promise, even if Jed's daughters get caught in the crosshairs. All that stands between him and his goal is Dana, her gun and a growing passion that can't be denied….
Mallery tacks a sweet fourth story onto the Lone Star Sisters trilogy (Under Her Skin, etc.). Tough-as-nails deputy Dana Birch swears to protect the three Titan sisters at any cost. Wealthy businessman Garth Duncan, the Titans' half-brother, despises their father. When Dana and Garth join forces to destroy a man evil enough to harm his own daughters, unexpected passion builds between them. Dana is a nuanced character with a painful past, not scared of bullets but afraid of love and letting go, while Garth is an alluring leading man burdened with his own sad memories. When they spar, it's a refreshing battle between two equal and fast-thinking minds. Despite some unanswered questions, this glimpse into glitzy Texas high society and the dark underbelly of business is a thoroughly enjoyable read. (Nov.)