It only took one kiss… Willa Holmes has one rule: Don't fall in love! Love brings ties and ties bring pain, and she's had enough of that. That's why the pastry chef fled to Thunder Ridge in the first place, to live privately and bake anonymously. But then she makes a big mistake: she kisses the local sheriff. The tall, dark, incredibly sexy sheriff…. No high-speed chase. That's Derek Neel's dating rule…till Willa. But the cowboy sheriff's hot pursuit hits a roadblock when he takes in an at-risk boy and Willa bucks like a frightened filly. Why is she so scared of the very things he wants most–love, family, forever? Derek isn't sure, but he knows this: Not even Willa can escape the loving arms of the law!