Finch’s forte, verbal repartee, is at its best here. With well-developed characters and a quick pace, this tale is highly reminiscent of her classic westerns.
Lorelei Russell has been accused of killing her friend Tony. She’s on the run when she encounters U.S. Marshal Gideon Fox. Gideon doesn’t trust the beautiful woman who appeals to him for help — in fact, he arrests her. Then his brother shows up telling Gideon he’s needed at home. Instead of taking Lorelei in he brings her to his family. She’s all sass and vinegar, unable to hold her tongue. Sparks fly and somehow they end up in each other’s arms. His family treats her with respect, but when Gideon’s younger brother disappears with Lori, he questions her innocence. If Lori didn’t kill Tony, then who did? A killer is still out there and they can’t find happiness until the guilty party is caught. (HARLEQUIN, Nov., 300 pp., $5.99)