Maura Jane Reed's ruthless brothers make her life a living hell. They viciously attack anyone who comes to court her, and treat her like a slave, making her cook, clean and manage the family hotel.

One winter night when her brothers are gone, gunfighter Quinn Lassiter arrives. Alone with a man for the first time in her life, Maura allows herself to be seduced.

Month later, pregnant, Maura escapes her brothers to search for Quinn. She arrives at his Wyoming ranch, where an honor-bound Quinn marries her.

This marriage based on honor turns into one of deep emotions. But Maura's brothers are tracking her, believing she stole a fortune in gems when she fled home.

Jill Gregory's western romances always pack a wallop. COLD NIGHT, WARM STRANGER is true to form. Strong characters that engage readers' emotions and an action-packed story with a powerful plot make this a not-to-be-missed western. SENSUAL (Sep., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin