Sinfully handsome and devilishly sexy, Ben Paradise was a man who loved to gamble, but even he wouldn't have laid odds on the chances of beautiful Lacy Phalen reappearing in his life. When he'd first met Lacy, she was tantalizingly untouchable, heiress to the Puritan Shipping Line and the belle of every ball in Boston. What had brought her to the little town of Paradise, Missouri, and straight into his arms? He wasn't buying her story that she was the new schoolmarm. But if it was the last thing he did, he'd get the truth out of his Ice Princess, even if he had to kiss her senseless to do it.