This story is set in Australia, in the outback among well-described, glorious scenery.
Piper thinks she needs a husband so that her Grandfather wonít have to sell her beloved ranch, Windaroo. She turns to lifelong friend Gabe, to help her attract prospective men, because she has always been regarded as one of the lads. Gabe is reluctant to help.
Neither Gabe nor Piper think they feel anything but friendship for each other, this story is about how their feeling become deeper, but there are a few pitfalls on the way.
Piper is interesting because she is a very plucky young woman, coping well in a manís world. Her innocence as a woman is touching in the way that the author handles the character so well. It takes a delicate touch to do this, as it would have been easy to find such an innocent hard to believe in.
Gabe, is an ex-army helicopter pilot and finds adjusting to ranch life again difficult. He is a handsome hero and has a tough veneer that hides an uncertain young man.
There are a few other characters in the story, but apart from Piperís Grandfather the others are just there to fill the story. They have their roles to play but the reader is focused on the hero and heroine and the heat they generate and fight off!
Barbara Hannay handles the smouldering fire between Piper and Gabe without igniting flames until the final chapters, but she does it so well that the reader wonít get bored! She adds enough entertainment to her story to satisfy the palate!