Hardworking detective Dekker Smith had always been beautician Joleen Tilly's best buddy. But when Joleen fell for a rich boy's honeyed lies-producing precious but fatherless little Sam-and Sam's powerful grandparents demanded custody, Dekker proposed an astonishing solution: a most convenient marriage! For Dekker had come into family money and was now wealthy enough to fend off any claims on Joleen's toddler. But could Joleen fend off her sudden, searing desire for her in-name-only husband? Would that unexpected heat burn the bonds between best friends? Or forge a family that was meant to be?