Lauren, daughter of the outlaw Red Hart, finally has a place to call home. Her father won a ranch in a card game before his death, and now she has come to Jackson Hole to build a new life.
Flint Mahone is a bad boy and proud of it. The only thing that bothers him is that he cant find his dead brothers children. Only when he meets Lauren Hart does he begin to question what he wants out of life. So that when Flint locates the children, he is overjoyed then overwhelmed, but wants Laurens help taking care of them.
It is then that matters become complicated. Laurens ultra-feminine Aunt Lillie and her stepson arrive. Their paths continue to cross, and on a cold, snowy night in the mountains they come together to create a warmth neither has ever known. Yet each fears they are undeserving of the other. How they ultimately find happiness together is the crux of the romance.
Ms. Hess has again created a memorable love story with characters who find a place in readers hearts. The secondary characters make this plot move at a rapid rate. Flint and Laura are a couple to savor. SENSUAL (Mar., 394 pp., $5.99)