A once notorious band of outlaws live in a hidden canyon, high in the Sierra Madres Mountains. Beautiful Zafiro is responsible for the elderly members of her grandfather's gang, including the near deaf Lorenzo, the drunken Maclovio, the insane Pedro, aging seductress Azucar and kindly Tia along with their assorted chickens and her cougar. The beauty's life is not one of "sleeping on flowers."

Zafiro constantly fears that bounty hunters will find them. Or worse, the man who killed her father and would do anything to possess her and her gift for sensing danger will track them down. When a mysterious stranger arrives in their hideaway, Zafiro fears he is either her savior or her deadliest enemy.

Sawyer Donovan has no memory of who he is or where he has come from. He is charmed by Zafiro's innocence, her courage, tenderness, loyalty and innate sensuality. Although she tries to seduce him into training her men to protect their home, it is Sawyer who does the seducing.

As Sawyer's memories return and their love flowers, the menace that Zafiro dreads arrives and Sawyer must prove that he truly is her knight in shining armor: the Night Master.

The delightfully funny and wonderfully poignant BED OF ROSES will captivate you from beginning to end. Zafiro's endearing use of idiomatic expressions, her eccentric "family" and her animals worm their way into your heart. Rebecca Paisley's story fills you with joy that spills over into long lasting happiness. She is truly a queen of love and laughter! VERY SENSUAL (June, 479 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin