Onyx, Dec 2004, 6.99
San Diego County firefighter Jake Rawlins knows he and a teenager are trapped on the mansion's roof with a fire all around them. Jake rescues Billy, but he crushes his shoulder and has a concussion while Billy and his mom sue the county, the department, and Jake for excessive force. With reporters bugging him while on sick leave, Jake goes to the Blue Flame guest ranch in Nowhere, Arizona which he in inherited from his estranged father.
Ranch manager Callie Anne Hayes loves the Blue Flame and hopes to buy it from Jake, who hates the place. They met at his dad's funeral and briefly had some sex.
Jake arrives and informs Callie that he will stay for a few months. She moves him into his half brother's cabin, who hates him for deserting him when the lad was five years old. Meanwhile someone is causing trouble for Callie and the ranch. As Jake feels lonely yet protective of Callie, they begin to fall in love, but the danger to her, the hands, the guests, and the animals mount from an unknown assailant who wants the place to fail.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner