Desperate to be free of her wretched home life, Mattie Evans trusts her dishonest father and embarks on a journey to Texas to live with an aunt she never knew she had. When she finds herself sold into a mail-order-bride service, her hope quickly fades. Rancher Cole Hartley wants no part of long-term commitment. But what’s wrong with a little satisfaction in the arms of a beautiful woman? Especially when she needs his help to escape a hopeless situation. Cole proposes a bargain to Mattie. He’ll pay her release fee and send her wherever she wants to go the following day. The catch? She spends one night as his wife–in his bed. As feelings long buried surface, can Mattie and Cole open their eyes to the promise of a future together?