Kelly Crockett longs to be renowned for her culinary skills. But achieving her dream feels all but impossible when Fate insists on sabotaging every idea for transforming her award-winning Denver coffee-and-sandwich shop into a Michelin-class restaurant.
Kelly has cultivated a life's-a-party attitude that's helped her stand out from her triplet sisters. But dogged cheerfulness doesn't help when a fire near her restaurant sends the opportunity for a career-building cooking show spotlight up in flames. Devastated, she returns home to vast and beautiful Paradise Ranch. While helping in her sister's new restaurant, she conceives a bold plan for rescuing her dreams. But Fate isn't finished throwing obstacles in her path, not the least of which is a gorgeous but troubled man who's all wrong for her.
Damien Finney believes that after three years as a firefighter, two tours in Afghanistan, and one year in PTSD therapy, he's ready to leave hell and start the next chapter of his life. After rigorous training, he's earned a spot on an elite smokejumper crew–but then a failed jump lands him right back on the Devil's doorstep.
After Afghanistan, Damien found healing at Paradise Ranch in a program that paired veterans with wild mustangs. With his smoke-jumping career in jeopardy, he returns to the ranch and the horses, seeking a miracle cure to save his future. The last thing he needs is a bubbly extrovert-of-a-woman invading his refuge and throwing his plans off course.
Although they fight it, the heat between Kelly and Damien's opposite personalities builds. But there's trouble in Paradise: Kelly's plans cause strife with her sisters. Damien's past haunts him. And when wildfires threaten the land they both love, each must decide if the heat will forge a new future or tear them apart. Are they brave enough to see that buried beneath the dreams they hoped for is the dream they actually need—one that's theirs together?