AUDREY AND THE MAVERICK
Return to Defiance and the Wild West in Levine's spin-off of Rachel and the Hired Gun. Levine's engaging characters lift this out of the ordinary and into the realm of the sublime, while still holding on to the romance of the era.
It's been a while since Virginia financier and rancher Julian McCaid visited his ranch in the territory. He's put aside his rough past and is ready to marry into a fine Southern family when he runs into Audrey Sheridan for the second time in his life.
Audrey has more on her mind then a handsome rancher. She cares for the town orphans, and their safety is at stake unless she follows the corrupt sheriff's scheme to sidetrack Julian. But the closer she gets to Julian, the more she respects him. He can offer her tenderness and passion and he can protect her family, but can she trust him with her heart? (ZEBRA, Feb., 352 pp., $5.99)