TO HAVE AND TO HOLD
Ever since her husband was accused of a stagecoach robbery, Tempest Whitney has held onto her homestead and worked to repay the stolen money. Little does she know that conniving rancher and saloon keeper Jake will do whatever he must to blackmail her into marrying him. What she needs is an answer to her prayers.
Buck Maddox spent two years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. His promise to Tempest's dead husband has sent him to Utah. Tempest believes her prayers have been answered when he stops her wedding to Jake by announcing that he is her long-lost husband.
A drifter with his own demons, Buck doesn't want to be attracted to Whitney or captivated by her children. But as he tries to fake a marriage, Buck finds himself longing to be a real husband. Working to stay apart and to find a gold treasure, the couple find the secrets buried in the hills and in their hearts.
In this novel, Ms. Raddon brings to life a heartwarming and yet gritty western, full of both the harsh reality and the romance of the Old West. This is definitely a "must read" for Western fans! SENSUAL (May, 400 pp., $4.99)