KNIGHT IN A BLACK HAT
Nellie Sanders has never been one for sitting still, so she convinces her uncle to take her with him on a botanical hunt out West. Determined to make the most of the half-hearted tutelage he has given her over the years, Nellie's goal is to find a rare plant or flower that will convince him she is a worthwhile member of society who can possibly help her fellow man.
Malachi Breedlove's career change from gunman to guide brings him in contact with the delightful Ms. Sanders. He finds himself fascinated with the lovely lady botanist but knows that Nellie, being the woman she is, would never be satisfied with the likes of him. His plans are to make sure that she, as well as the rest of the party, stay safe.
Nellie's fur is ruffled by the rough and handsome man who is in charge of their expedition. Despite what she calls his rudeness, something about the man intrigues her. With her curiosity on full alert, she becomes an apt student when he kisses her.
Ms. Glad's western tale of love is fraught with danger. A wily and mysterious old woman and a mountain lion named Buttercup are highlights. But deadly accidents and quirky characters take a backseat to affairs of the heart in this delightful tale of love. SENSUAL (Nov., 384 pp., $13.95)