For as long as she can remember, Mariah Scott has loved Nick Gray. Now a widower with two young children, Nick needs a wife. The sharp-tongued, strong-willed, independent Mariah is just the woman he wants.

Though her head says no, Mariah's wounded heart screams yes—even to a marriage of convenience. But as two scarred souls move toward one another, it is impossible to smother the blossoming desire they feel. Yet, pride and misunderstanding drive them apart, until a tornado and a child's desperation bring them to their senses.

Finely drawn characters and sweet tenderness tinged with poignancy draw readers into a familiar story that beaut-ifully captures the feel of an Americana romance. Readers can enjoy sharp dialogue and adorable child characterizations while shedding a tear or two. SENSUAL (Aug., 299 pp., $5.25)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin