Her mother is ill and in desperate need of expensive surgery. Hoping to earn the bonus attached to finishing it on schedule, Madeleine flies from New York City to the west Texas desert to take on the doomed Desert Oasis resort project. Soon, Madeleine finds there is one thing hotter than the desert sun: his name is Jake, and he is an irritating Texan whose disapproval of city life puts them at odds in everything.
Madeleine Winters gazed out the car window at the construction site--nothing more than steel beams and concrete to her untrained eye. Her mouth fell open with a silent curse. Beams in the vertical steel frame had been forcibly bent until the building resembled a partially bloomed flower wilting in the middle of the west Texas desert and not the gleaming hotel it was supposed to be. Her field was program management, not construction...