After her father's death, Casey Hamilton had nowhere to go but Texas and the Spanish Spur Ranch she inherited from her uncle. But Casey knows nothing about ranching. That's where half-Comanche drifter Gabe Slaughter comes in. He offers to work there for room and board.

Although Casey is wary of Gabe, she believes he cares for her and her siblings. They work together, become close and inevitably fall in love.

Gabe has a troubled past he needs to put to rest. Casey could hold the key to unlocking his hardened heart, but he fears she will turn from him.

Settling the West after the Civil War is a rough and rugged part of American history, and O'Banyon excels at bringing the grit and harsh beauty of the West and its brave pioneers to life. With a strong plot made more dimensional with the addition of the Texas Rangers, brutal killers and land grabbers, a shootout and a powerful love, Heart of Texas gets at the heart of the West and readers. SENSUAL (Jun., 368 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Evelyn Feiner