A marriage born in deceit can bloom into true love--or become the latest casualty of an ancient enmity...Catarina Moreno only wants a few things in a husband: he needs to have his own ranch, be reasonably handsome, and, most importantly, must utterly adore her. Unfortunately her illustrious Old California family has higher standards--ones that Catarina fears no man will ever meet. But Catarina has no choice except to wait for the man who'll gain her parents' approval--until an American cowboy rides onto the rancho and tempts her to forget her duty... and herself.Jace Merrill has always wanted one thing: a ranch of his own. When his powerful father cheats him of his inheritance, Jace strikes out on his own, determined to prove he's his own man and the bonds of family are meaningless. After many years, Jace's dream is finally within reach--as long as Catarina's father never discovers Jace's true identity... or how irresistible Jace finds his daughter.Desire can't be denied and soon Jace and Catarina find themselves in a shotgun marriage. But they'll discover that ancient vendettas live long in Old California. They'll find themselves battling old family grudges--and each other--to save a marriage neither wanted.