Miss Emma Radcliffe, AKA Elizabeth Wainwright is on the run from a step-father who will stop at nothing to see her in his clutches, including having her formally accused for the murder of her own mother. Headed out West in a stagecoach without a companion, Emma finds herself in the midst of a robbery gone wrong. When she is saved from being raped by the attackers by lawman, Mitch Brady, she is in for more than she bargains for when he seeks to protect her, even from herself if necessary.
Once Mitch begins to get to know Elizabeth better, he knows she isn't being honest about many of the things she's told him about herself. Elizabeth doesn't realize that Mitch will discover her secrets all while his feeling for her evolve into much more than just wanting to protect her. Elizabeth has feeling for Mitch as well, but if he discovers what she has run from, will he understand?
Emma/Elizabeth is a total fish out of water when she arrives into Montana Territory. She is a like-able character. I wish she was more confident. The handsome and honorable, Mitch Brady is the ultimate alpha. When there is danger around, you want a man like Mitch at your back. DESPERATE HEARTS by Rosanne Bittner is a very pleasing read. I look forward to reading more by this author, as this was the first book I have read.