Fearing she carries her mother’s curse of marriage, nineteen year-old Eleanor Mackenna swore never to vow herself into matrimonial bondage. Nuptials aren’t needed where true love is concerned. A concept she is sure a man like McCrea Coldiron would agree with. The town gossip has him pegged as a heartbreaker, but Eleanor knows a different side to McCrea. Years of loving him without seeing his affection returned has made her desperate enough to ask him for advice on seducing a man.
McCrea isn’t proud of his reputation as a brawler and a womanizer. As a teenager the rumors were funny, now they may cost him the land he has worked so hard for. Unconvinced his grandson is responsible enough to inherit his portion of the family land, his granddad lays down a new ultimatum.
McCrea had noticed Eleanor Mackenna was all grown up. A beautiful face and curves in all the right places made that fact hard to miss. The chatty little girl from next door has been chasing his spurs for years and ignoring her was easy to do until his granddad’s ridiculous notion of taking her for a wife makes him consider giving her a fist class lesson in seduction.
McCrea’s promise of more than goodnight kisses leaves Eleanor blindsided by his cold proposal and heartbroken by the truth that his tender lovemaking was a plan to lure her into marriage.