Brandon Sarantos was pretty content with his life before Gabriella Hadley came along, despite his mother and aunts and other women in his family constantly harassing him to settle down and produce a couple of fat, healthy Greek babies. Now, he can't seem to get the beautiful, skittish woman out of his head - nor can he convince her to climb into his bed. But she's fixing up the candy store that has been a blight on his Main Street for two years, so he's willing to give her the benefit of the doubt - and a place to stay, since her apartment is currently uninhabitable - by living people, anyway. Bonus, hopefully, is that she'll get lost on her way to the guest room and climb into his bed instead.
As Brandon not very subtly works to win her over, Gabriella fights the impulse to fall for his abundant charms. She is still worried that what she left behind in Dallas will catch up to her, and besides, she’s sworn off men, especially bad boys with eyes that are full of the kind of danger that lasts only until morning – if she’s lucky. Sleeping with Brandon will give her one night of pleasure, but then come morning, she’ll have to find a new place to stay, and ever since she found a dead body in the apartment over the candy store, the police haven’t allowed her to go up there again. Not that she’s particularly in a hurry to spend the night in a place where a dead man once lay.
They say the candy store is jinxed, but Gabriella knows better. Jinxes don’t leave decomposing dead bodies in apartments. Jinxes don’t threaten you with a gun. Jinxes don’t spray paint graffiti all over the candy store’s storage room. As it becomes more and more clear that someone doesn’t want Gabriella to open the candy store, Brandon discovers that whether or not the candy store ever opens is beside the point. He just really doesn’t want Gabriella to leave. What he really wants is…
Well, that hardly matters when Gabriella’s very scary ex-boyfriend shows up, determined to whisk her back to Dallas so that she can become his wife…Does it?