Ten years ago Brent Hunter came home to find that his father, Jack, had killed his mother. Since then, he has been working to make the Half-Moon Ranch a profitable venture. Now Jack is being released from prison.

Brent also spends plenty of time in town with the new saloon singer, Ruby, who bears a startling resemblance to another saloon girl, Opal, whose life he once saved in another town.

Crystal Stewart, who masqueraded as Opal and now Ruby, has a past she's trying to hide. But when past and future collide, she prays Brent will understand. Brent loves her, but danger stands in their path.

Bobbi Smith is a terrific storyteller whose wonderful characters, good dialogue and compelling plot will keep you up all night. SENSUAL (Jul., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill Brager