This was a fun read and a hard one to put down once I could settle in to read. You have a heroine, Pearl, who is not what she appears to be at first, but she slowly lets others in on her secret, especially Josh. He has been assigned to "protect" her and figures out her secret. Unbeknownst to both, the entire town is betting on when they will get married. I really enjoyed Pearl Jane during her more-down-to-earth moments like when she is riding and protecting herself. She is not afraid to ask for comfort when she actually needed it. Josh is kind of grumpy and then sweet and sexy in the blink of an eye. This was the first I had read, and I look forward to catching up on the series.