Finch always takes readers on a wild ride through the rough-and- tumble American West. Her snappy dialogue moves the story along faster than her characters’ exhilarating escapades, taking readers along for the ride from the frying pan into the fire toward a completely satisfying and perfect conclusion.

Half-breed bounty hunter Donovan Crow needs his rest, not the news that a fiancée he knows nothing about is arriving on the next train. Fleeing her ruthless stepfather and greedy fiancé Natalie Blair, aka Anna Jones, has it all worked out. She’ll pose as Van’s betrothed, get him to marry her in name only and gain her independence and fortune. Somehow she finagles Van into marrying her in front of the entire town, but before she can conclude the deal they’re on the run from her stepfather’s henchmen and a gang of outlaws out to kill Van. Their growing attraction complicates an already fraught situation — but then love can conquer all. (HARLEQUIN, Aug., 300 pp., $6.25)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin