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LADY DECEPTION
by Bobbi Smith

Genre: Historical Romance, America
Setting: Arizona Territory and Texas, 1877

1996 NORTH AMERICAN HISTORICAL ROMANCE Nominee

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Trying to put his past behind him, Luke Majors is in town to get a bank loan and settle the back taxes on a ranch he won in a card game. He finds he's in the wrong place at the wrong time when he is mistaken for a member of the El Diablo Gang and arrested as a bank robber.

Texas Ranger Jack Logan recruits Luke to uncover El Diablo's identity when the gang breaks the men out of prison. When Luke disappears, Jack hires bounty hunter Cody Jameson to bring him in alive.

Cody is a master of disguise. When she first encounters Luke, he believes she is a revivalist preacher, Sister Mary, and he vows to protect her from the rest of the gang. Cody/Mary manages to escape and when next they meet she is the sultry singer, Armita.

Luke is mesmerized by her voice and figure, but there is something about her innocence that intrigues him. When she saves his life, the two are thrust together in a daring escape. With danger at their heels, they cannot help but give in to their passions.

They are set upon by bounty hunters who take Luke as their prisoner, but soon it is Cody who takes him to Jack. Jack convinces them both to go after El Diablo and their adventures have just begun.

Bobbi Smith is "Lady Deception" herself as she weaves a spellbinding tale filled with adventure and surprises. Her full-bodied characters will steal your heart. It takes a special author to write a book like LADY DECEPTION -- a definite must! SENSUAL (May, 450 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Jill Brager

Publisher: Leisure

Published: May 1996

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