Blaze Adlington has a problem when her grandfather dies during their wagon train journey west. Single women were not permitted to drive a team. Blaze has no choice but to accept the Wilson brothers' help, even though it means her reputation is ruined.

Hunter Ward has returned to Fort Bridger after a five-year absence following his wife's death in childbirth. He left his infant daughter with an Indian woman and fled the fort. Hunter has come back for his daughter and needs a woman to care for her.

Blaze is stunned when the man who saved her from her father's killer suddenly appears offering her a job. Though Hunter believes the worst of Blaze (her father was killed in an outlaw camp), he is attracted to her.

Blaze accepts the position on the condition that Hunter marry her. Hunter reluctantly agrees to her request that the marriage be in name only.

As Blaze and Hunter begin their marriage their passion grows, but each has old demons to fight. Fear of trust, betrayal, jealousy and misunderstanding keep them apart until several crises bring them together.

Norah Hess continues to give readers wonderful romances filled with three-dimensional characters. While the storyline is not new, the characters are fresh and strong; even the secondary characters are rich and make the plot move and twist in various directions. Blaze and Hunter's story is memorable. SENSUAL (Apr., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Evelyn Feiner