1883 – Kansas
Pinkerton detective Jennifer Layne is no stranger to undercover work. But posing as a lady companion named Amy at Miss Lillian’s Parlor House and Boots is a first for her. She’s finally landed a high-profile case and is on the trail of the notorious Gunnysack Bandit, when one of Miss Lillian’s girls essential to her investigation meets an untimely demise. Only a handful of people are in the house at the time of her death, including handsome Tom Colton, a former Texas Ranger determined to clear his brother’s name. Amy has many reasons to suspect Tom of murder—and one very personal reason to hope that she’s wrong about him.
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1851 – Texas
Sheriff Rafe Wilson is up to his eyeballs in trouble, starting with his father and those retired Texas Ranger cronies of his and ending right at the the door to the new dressmaker’s shop where Peony Potter has become an insufferable but intriguing irritation. Fleeing a past she’d rather forget, Peony Potter has come a long way from mending the dresses ladies in her mama’s house of ill repute and is now well respected in her new home of Cut Corners, Texas. With Rafe poised to leave town and join the Rangers like his father and Peony hiding a secret that threatens all she has worked so hard to overcome, can these two sparring souls quit their bickering and realize they’ve fallen in love before it is too late?