Anyone who does not cry for Desi has no heart! I sympathised most with her character than anyone others from all the books I've read. Sarah McCarty is brilliant with her story telling and her characters demand respect and a little piece of your heart. Caine is H-O-double T! Hunky with soft side, does it get any better? I just love westerns cause the guys are so rough & tough, and it's a real privlage to see them show pieces of their vulnerable sides. Ms. McCarty took me on one of the best journeys I've ventured in a long time! I felt apart of Texas in 1858, that I was on horseback with these characters. It was unreal! Couple things though: It got long winded in some spots and Desi seemed to 'turn the corner' with Caine to suddenly. I was cheering her on like the Little Engine that Could then she was barrelling over the mountain with singleminded purpose. I have never been sexual assaulted and could never even begin to imagine the rebuilding that is needed to enter into a relationship. But it seemed like one page she was "no, I can't" and the very next one was "come here baby." It left me scratching my head. We got to point B eventually and oh, brother!! A cold shower (or a B.O.B) was definitely on order with Caine Allen between the sheets!! He is so pateient, but a man all at the same time. He acts the rough caveman then realizes he's being too much and backs offs. And he gives her chocolate! Ok, say it with me: Ahhh! A fun, imagnative read that reeled me into reading the next book. Oh, and I'm going to try the Promises series too!