Abigail Breckenridge flees New York under the assumed identity of widowed schoolteacher Abigail Butler and arrives in Heaven's Gate with a Pinkerton man on her trail.

On the stagecoach, she meets Beau McMasters, who has won a ranch and a saloon in a card game. Beau is one of the most handsome men Abby has ever met, and Beau is attracted to Abby. For the first time in her life, she's happy.

Most of the town accepts Beau, and shows up for the opening of the Creole Lady. But the sheriff notices someone is following Beau and Abby. When Beau is shot, Abby refuses to leave his side fearing he will die before she can tell him she loves him. She must also tell him the truth about herself so they can move forward in their relationship. But someone is still trying to kill them. Will their wedding day be what they hoped or will tragedy strike?

Luck of the Draw is an old-fashioned, enjoyable read with an ending that might appear contrived. Beau is a hero any woman would want. And Abby isn't about the let anyone stop her from living the life she wants. SENSUAL (Mar., 340 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Brager