Paris Garrett is determined to keep a promise she made to her late father, even though she knows in her heart she's not meant to be a stage performer. Running away from four overprotective brothers, she thinks she has it made when she answers an advertisement from an opera house in the wilds of Arizona. Now she just has to get there and prove to the people of Chance that she's not the crazy tune-writing woman that the folks in her hometown think she is.

Joshua Grant likes his life as a lawman, but to inherit the Desert Moon, his uncle's opera house, he has to give up his job, move to Chance and marry, all within two weeks. If he doesn't, his low-down, conniving cousin gets it all. When fate dumps the beautiful, if odd, Paris in his lap, things begin to look up. So what if she doesn't look like the gussied-up ladies of the territory, can't cook and carries tunes around in her head?

As crafted by Ciotta, Paris is a spunky, plucky heroine that readers will root for. Josh is the perfect hero for her, and the adventures -- and misadventures -- that they share as they find their promises and dreams make for a fun, fast read. SENSUAL (Feb., 310 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Karen Sweeny-Justice