Texas is still under Spanish rule, and Sabrina del Torres is not yet a woman, when the man who will change her life forever first arrives at the doorstep of her wealthy father's hacienda. As brash and arrogant as he is ruggedly handsome, Brett Dangermond soon insinuates himself into the del Torres household, and Sabrina resents every minute of it. Their relationship develops into a fiery battle of wits and wills-but they are fooling only themselves. Sabrina's father has already recognized Brett as the one man "strong enough and devil enough" to handle his headstong daughter. And Sabrina's cousin, Carlos, who covets both Sabrina and her fortune, sees Brett as a rival. Eventually, the tension between Sabrina and Brett explodes into a passion that neither of them can deny. And just as Sabrina realizes that this is the man she must have, whatever the consequences, Carlos takes matters into his own hands. With the help of Brett's former lover, Constanza, Carlos fabricates a lie so vile and so damaging that Sabrina, upon hearing it, has no choice but to order Brett out of her life forever. Six years later, their lives will cross once again. Sabrina's father is murdered by bandits, and Sabrina is horrified when she learns the terms of his will. For Alejandro del Torres has appointed Brett as her legal guardian! Now she will be under the power of a man who cannot be trusted-a man who will most surely take advantage of his position. Worse, she does not trust herself. For she has never really stopped loving the man who captured her heart so many years ago. This was a wonderful love story. If you've been following Busbee's novels based in the late 1700-1800's you'll know they all connect in some way. This one should be read after Decieve Not My Heart for Brett Dangermond is Morgan's best friend and is mentioned first in that novel.