The first Lawless Woman of the West book introduces Hannah Wilton-Humes Lawless and her sisters, who come home to find their parents murdered. Hannah vows to find the killers and holds on to the one piece of evidence she finds: a letter with Slade Garret's name.

Hannah travels to Boston to find her mother's family-the same relatives who disowned Catherine Wilton-Humes when she married renegade J.C. Lawless. The moment Hannah gets off the train she meets Slade Garret. After Hannah discovers her grandparents are dead, and that her aunt and uncle are harboring a secret, she finds she needs Slade's help in solving the mystery.

Slade has his own agenda. He plans to seduce and marry Hannah and exact revenge for what he believes Hannah's father did to ruin his family. Yet Slade soon discovers that he has fallen in love with the little country mouse and that revenge can be a double-edged sword. As Slade and Hannah get closer to the truth they uncover a murderous plot and a love worth fighting to keep.

Cheryl Anne Porter brings wonderful characters and a compelling mystery to life in HANNAH'S PROMISE. The Gothic overtones and the titillating sexual tension blend together perfectly and readers will be hooked on the Lawless Women series. SENSUAL (May, 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin