After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor found friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove�but she never stopped yearning for love. The very last place she'd look for it is in the arms of Corporal Thorne. The militia commander is as stone cold as he is brutally handsome. But when mysterious strangers come searching for Kate, Thorne steps forward as her fianc�. He claims to have only Kate's safety in mind. So why is there smoldering passion in his kiss?