Four years ago, Aideen Shannon ran away, turning her back on her home and Bryce Carlisle, the strong, rugged rancher who gave her his ring and then broke her heart. Having sworn she'll never return to a town that sees her as nothing but trouble, she worked hard to rebuild her life. But then the sudden death of her stepfather drags her back, kicking and screaming. She returns home to find a once successful ranch run into the ground, a deputy who wants nothing more than to see her in jail, painful memories resurrected by people she used to consider friends and, worst of all, Bryce Carlisle waiting for her.
Driven by the need to prove everyone wrong, Aideen digs her heels in, determined to resurrect the once successful ranch. She'll do whatever is necessary, even if it means suffering as she returns to compete in the rodeo circuit. Her stubbornness sets her straight on a collision course with Bryce, who has no problem with upending a certain hot-tempered, sassy female over his knee when he thinks she's gone too far.
But as determined as Aideen is to succeed, there is someone else who is just as determined that she won't. Someone menacing; stalking her from the shadows. Strange incidents start to happen, and in a hostile town where friends are few, there are plenty of suspects. Can Bryce and Aideen overcome their mutual hostility and put the secrets and lies of the past to rest before it is too late?
Uma and Cam are a happily married couple living in a small but affluent town on the East Coast of North America. To promote her new business, Uma seizes the opportunity to use the local country club and its regular golfing tournaments to raise the venture's profile. She finds a team ringer in Bill, a handsome, successful businessman with important contacts and who plays a great game of golf. In creating her foursome, she also enlists her long-time friend, Laurie, who is unhappily down on her luck.
Laurie's unhappiness, and her bad track record with men, make her behave badly toward Bill, who is confident in matters of business, but not confident around women. At first, Cam is concerned that Bill and Laurie could blow Uma's plan apart. But, when these two personalities collide, it's more than golf balls that get smacked on the course. Laurie needs a firm, guiding hand, and Bill is just the man to provide it.
As he watches Bill and Laurie's relationship blossom, Cam sees the potential to nurture his and Uma's own tempestuous relationship. Will Uma's experiment in teambuilding backfire, or will the fire lit on the ladies' backsides lead to success in more than just a business sense?