Rebecca Elliot is desperate. She must have a husband to join the wagon train headed for California. She lures Clay Fraser to her room, gets him drunk and finds a preacher to marry them, all in one night.

Clay is astonished when he awakens a married man. He has a mission to complete: find his sister, who eloped with a Yankee. Being married to Becky complicates matters. Traveling in close quarters with a beautiful woman will be hell.

The journey's hardships bring them together, and when Becky is kidnapped by an Indian chief, Clay rushes to the rescue. But will they stay together once the journey is over, or will Clay's obsession with finding his sister destroy their happiness?

Leigh is known for creating wonderful families that readers adore, and the Frasers are no exception. Her strong characters and their biting repartee and tender emotions touch readers' hearts, while the hardships of western travel are brilliantly portrayed in this tender, exciting western. SENSUAL (May, 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Evelyn Feiner