Fans of McKade’s Ties That Bind series will delight at revisiting one of her most sinfully vibrant characters in this third installment, and new readers will easily find their way into this scorching tale of temptation and redemption. Each character is engaging, but her hero’s damaged psyche is especially touching, making his interactions with the sweet heroine wonderfully transformative. Though the narrative is stilted in places, McKade is an expert at bringing the heat, crafting sizzling interactions that will keep pages turning at a feverish pace.

Tess Gilmore is determined to support her siblings following their parents’ deaths, and leaves California to make a life with them in San Antonio. But when sexy rancher Clancy Wiseman stumbles onto her ranch, Tess confronts the one desire she cannot deny. Clancy’s abusive childhood convinced him never to let anyone get too close, so he prefers kinky ménages instead of real relationships. But one look at Tess, and his resolve crumbles. Tess could be the woman to save his ruined heart, but can Clancy find the courage to keep her all for himself? (SAMHAIN, Dec., 248 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Bridget Keown