In 1887, Mrs.Eleanor Lacey flees scandal in Connecticut as the newspapers debate whethershe's widowed or divorced. Soon after her visit with relatives in Texas begins, Ellie realizes if she's to remain independent, she needs a means of support. Since her passion is baking fancy desserts,owning a pastry shop seems ideal. The local mercantile owner suggests that she earn a grubstake by cooking meals for the richest rancher in the state. So, EleanorAlcott-Lacey, a former Hartford society matron, applies for the job. Cyrus Burke works hard for every penny he makes and prides himself on knowing where to cut costs. He doesn't want a wife cluttering up his life. Hishousekeepers are round the clock employees, responsible for nightduty,too. When Mrs. Lacey applies for the position, she looks like apromising candidate, delicious in fact, as smooth and creamy as a tastytart. Recipe for hot love: Blend onewillful widow with one arrogant man. Add a dash of desire. Stir in apinch of naughty. And turn up the fire.