Etta Green is the last place she ever wanted to be again: Everson, Texas. Determined to make a name for herself doing what she loved, she moved to Chicago, working her way up to assistant chef in of the most respected restaurants in the city. But when she gets word that Hazel, her beloved grandmother, has died, Etta hightails it back home to take care of her affairs. But something is rotten is the city of Everson and Etta knows exactly who to blame: Donny Joe Ledbetter. How on earth did smooth-talking womanizer Donny Joe convince Hazel to give her part ownership of his house? And how could Hazel agree to turn her beloved family home into a B&B with Donny Joe?
Donny Joe Ledbetter has plenty on his plate, thank you very much. He adored Hazel – she was his next door neighbor, a never-ending source of advice, a grandmother of sorts, a business partner, and most importantly a friend. So when the beautiful but frustrating Etta steamrolls back into town, Donny Joe is determined to be kind. But when she rightfully claims half-ownership of the B&B, they can’t agree on a single thing. Donny Joe is a little bit country and Etta is a big city girl. He’s meat and potatoes and she’s gourmet cuisine. He’s a good ole boy who’s always gotten by on his lazy charm and she’s no nonsense and completely immune to his masculine charms…until her older sister abandons her eight year old daugher, Daphne in Etta’s care. Etta doesn’t have a single maternal bone in her body but much to her surprise, Donny Joe is a natural. When Etta leans on him for help with Daphne, he’s there with flying colors and a sexy smile that makes her shiver with delight. But can these total opposites find their own happily ever after together?