HEART OF STONE
Veterinary technician Keely Welsh has loved Boone Sinclair since she was 13, but the rugged rancher wants nothing to do with her. There are lots of reasons for Boone's hostility, including the lies Keely's mother has told him about her, but the biggest one is Boone's unwilling attraction to Keely. He's forced to face his feelings, however, when Keely's mother is killed by her father's partner, and the sheriff wants to use Keely as bait to catch him. Diana Palmer's Heart of Stone (2) may appeal to those who enjoy waiflike heroines and sardonic heroes, but others will find it melodramatic and wholly lacking in romance.