The lady and the bounty hunter is
a good, standard plotline, and Sands uses it to her advantage. But there's nothing new or truly memorable here -- just a good, strong, humorous comfort western.
With his brother's death fresh
in his mind, Bodine takes a simple "job": find heiress Emma Marie Rourke and bring her back for her wedding. Locating her is easy; the sassy miss is serving drinks in a bar north of Fresno. It's getting the spitfire back home that's the problem.
Emma's intent upon finding her father, a once well-known outlaw. Bodine wants to catch his brother's killer and get Emma out of his hair as soon as possible. But that's easier said than done. Emma's determination and their growing attraction for one another make this quite a wild ride through the state. The more they deny their desire, the harder it gets, and the more
perils they encounter. But the greatest
danger is falling in love. (Harlequin, Nov.,
350 pp., $5.99)