Secrets Ate At His Soul… And Derek Fontaine wanted only to escape them. Now a legacy from the father he'd never known had brought him to a ramshackle ranch in Texas–and introduced him to Amber Laughton, who possessed a loving spirit that acted as a soothing balm on his wounded soul. Cast out by a society with its own secrets to safeguard, Amber knew nothing of trust, let alone how to trust a man who didn't see her for the woman she truly was. But with her future resting in his protective hands, Derek awakened an all-consuming passion in her. And made Amber determined to claim the love she'd been denied for so long….