By a trick of fate, Jake Moran finds himself volunteering to escort the notorious Annabel Lee Foster, AKA Outlaw Annie, along with the ugliest cat he's ever seen, to Cooperton, Colorado.

Jake didn't volunteer for the job out of the kindness of his heart. Wanted for murder, he must stick to Annie, who hopefully will lead him to the Mundy Gang and his only chance of proving his innocence. But Annie keeps insisting that the members of the gang are dead. A woman of property, she is going to Cooperton to fulfill her dream.

As danger follows them, Jake learns Annie is one plucky female, able to hold her own in tight situations. A wanderer and a loner, fast with a gun and a deck of cards, Jake wonders what it would be like to settle down with Annie.

Though his heart tells him that Annie is telling the truth about the Mundy Gang, circumstances seem to prove otherwise. Almost too late he discovers he has put Annie's life in jeopardy because of his mistrust.

Extremely well-written, fast-paced and funny, CHASING RAINBOWS is a pot of gold from this talented, up-and-coming author. One for your keeper shelf. SENSUAL (Nov., 377 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond