For a tale of starcrossed lovers that is intense, passionate, adventurous and riveting, you won't find a better May example than HAWK'S WOMAN.

It seemed to Abby May McCormick that she was always destined to be with Hawk; from the day she decided to teach the half-breed boy to read until the day they made love for the first time. But fate and Abby's powerful father would never allow them to be together.

Just when Abby knew she carried Hawk's child, Hawk disappeared. Some claimed he was dead, so Abby left Texas to return a widow with a small child. Working hard to help run her father's ranch, she buries her love until the day Hawk rides onto Circle M Land to proclaim his ownership of the ranch.

Faced with her first and only love, Abby struggles with old longings and new feelings. There is Hawk's hatred and anger to contend with as well as her child's welfare and her father's pride. But Abby is a strong-willed, courageous Texan who will never give up.

Together with Hawk, she fights for her land, her family and for the men in her life to find peace and happiness and the love they all deserve.

Janice Reams Hudson brings the gritty reality of the West to readers as they experience Abby and Hawk's story. With words and action she delivers a powerfully heart-felt and intense story of a Romeo and Juliet who would rather fight for justice than die for love. A compelling reading experience. SENSUAL (May, 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin