The first female doctor in the county, Miss Sage West, arrives to a less than warm reception. And her first patient is a no show. Then bounty hunter Cordell Lawson demands that she travel with him into the high country wilderness to save a gunshot victim.

The hardships of the journey draw Cord and Sage closer and closer, intensified by their contrasting dispositions: She's rather uptight and he's totally footloose and fancy-free. Each discovers new experiences from the other, while at the same pace desire grows.

The return from the wilderness to town under the threat of a villain's revenge, the aftermath of both falling in love and the wonderful ending make this a deluxe man-woman-alone romance. SENSUAL (May, 296 pp., $5.25)
Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger