Everyone knows that a Southern girl from a good family should keep her distance from a bad boy like Reed Conway, but the sexy ex-con is hard to resist. Ella Porter, adopted daughter of Alabama senator Webb Porter, knows that giving in to temptation could be dangerous to more than just her reputation. Years ago, just after Reed was convicted of murdering his stepfather, he sent her strange, troubling letters from prison, and now, right after his release, letters start coming again. Yet when Ella (who may have been raised to be a lady but is no coward) confronts Reed, he denies writing them and insists that he was innocent of the murder as well. Reed swears that if they can find the person behind the letters, they’ll also find the real murderer and prove that Reed was framed for the crime. Before Ella can wonder who decided that she and Reed should be an investigative team, she and her self-proclaimed partner are passionately involved in a search that leads them ever deeper into danger and desire.