Love is the only cure for the holiday blues ... Sheriff Sam Delaney is shouldering a lot as the lone lawman in the small Texas town of Branding Iron--and the widowed single father of six-year-old Maggie. Especially since Maggie's determined that what her daddy needs this holiday season is a girlfriend. Suddenly Sam is hustled off to a meeting with Maggie's schoolteacher--and surprised to discover the demure Grace Chapman is unexpectedly alluring. Then he's roped into playing Santa at the annual Christmas ball, with the pretty Miss Grace by his side. It's enough to make Sam even grumpier than usual--if not for the feelings sweet Grace stirs up inside.