Being a combat controller in the Air Force is all Colt Hall has ever wanted to be, so when he learns he has to marry in order to save his family’s ranch he figures he’ll make a business arrangement to get the job done. He sends pretty, uncomplicated Melanie Monroe back to Chance Creek to masquerade as his fiancee, but when an injury sends Colt back to Montana, too, he comes face to face with his past—and the woman he never forgot.
Heather Ward thought the Halls were gone for good, but now they're back and she can’t hide her secret from them any longer. Her son, Richard, is the spitting image of his father. Not Austin Hall, who she dated all through high school, but Colt, her one true love.
Colt never meant to leave the Air Force, never meant to marry and sure as heck never meant to be a father, but fate doesn’t seem to care what he wants. Worse yet, he can’t stop thinking about Heather, and he’s supposed to marry Melanie in a matter of weeks. Now he’s been roped into being a test client for a military style training program. The last thing he feels like facing is a winter camping trip with his fiancée and the mother of his child.
Heather’s always dreamed of sharing Richard with his father, but she never wanted a stepmother in the mix. It’s hard enough to keep her feelings for Colt hidden. But to watch him marry another woman? That might tear her apart. So when Richard joins the test run of the training camp, she’s reluctant to participate…until she realizes it’s her last chance to win Colt’s heart.