Lacey O'Carroll is thrilled to be leaving the Irish hospital that has been her home for the Wyoming Territory and her husband-to-be. The only problem is that the groom doesn't know anything about his future bride.

Half-Arapaho horse breeder John Winterhawke is quite content to be alone on his ranch. His meddlesome friend, however, thinks a wife is just what "Hawke" needs. When said friend sends for his own mail-order bride, he requests an extra-Lacey.

Though reluctant to accept the situation, Hawke agrees to test Lacey's skills as a homemaker, sure that the fragile Irish lass will never make a rancher's wife.

But Lacey is full of surprises. Though she cannot cook or tend the farm animals, her warm, loving heart and fiercely independent spirit stir deep emotions in Hawke. Lacey sets out to win the man who's to be her husband, and refuses to let prejudice, injustice, dark secrets and murder alter her feeling for the sensual man who lays claim to her heart.

Sharon Ihle plays on your heartstrings and your funny bone with this charming, heartwarming love story filled with the "luck of the Irish." Sure to have readers begging for more. SENSUAL (June, 400 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin