A killer is stalking young women throughout the West, and bounty hunter Jack Scull is on his trail.

An altercation on a train brings Anne Ross face-to-face with the dangerous gunman, and though she had sworn never to marry a lawman, she falls head over heels in love with Jack.

Not the marrying kind, Jack is stunned by his overwhelming attraction and fierce protectiveness toward Anne. But getting the other Ross women to even speak to him and convincing Anne to marry him, instead of her beau, is not an easy task.

Though the romance takes center stage, the murder mystery is a close second, as Claudia Dain weaves in tight suspense until the final, chilling climax. This gritty, Americana-style romance is different in setting from Dain's other novels, but she holds readers with the same strong writing, powerful emotions and surprising plot twists.

Dain is a fresh, potent voice in the genre, always striving to make the usual unique, and she succeeds with a book that holds your attention from page one. SENSUAL (Mar., 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin