Carol Finch is known for her lightning-fast, roller coaster–ride adventure romances that are brimming over with a large cast of characters and dozens of perilous escapades. Somehow Ms. Finch has managed to fit all that into the shorter format of a Harlequin Historical Romance.

Hannah Malloy leaves her groom at the altar and flees the marriage her father arranged. She knows she won't be safe until she's married to someone like the notorious loner bounty hunter Cale Elliot.

Determined to avenge his brother's death, Cale is hunting the infamous Pryorgan. He realizes he can use Hannah just as she is using him—he decides that it will be easier to infiltrate the gang's headquarters if they pose as husband and wife. But that's only part of their trouble; her father and jilted fiancé are the rest.

The real fun in this wild ride of a romance is watching Hannah find herself and realize her real talents— which turn out to be not very ladylike! Longtime Carol Finch fans might desire a longer, fuller, meatier read, but they will be more than satisfied with this delectable, richly characterized tidbit. SENSUAL (Dec., 300 pp., $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin