Lawman Sam O'Ballivan arrives in the lawless border town of Haven posing as a schoolmaster while tracking a band of outlaws. When he pulls his predecessor out of a well, he discovers his unruly students, led by Terran Chancellor, are responsible. Sam goes to talk to Terran's sister, postmistress Maddie Chancellor. Maddie is stunned by Sam's revelation, and she's also shocked to see a teacher with a Colt under his jacket.

Sam makes friends in town, including the soiled doves from the saloon, but he can't get Maddie out of his mind. Sam, meanwhile, awakens feelings Maddie believed died with her fiance's murder. Can he save her and the town from corrupt rancher without compromising his mission?

Miller's intimate knowledge of the wild west sweeps you into a story as realistic as it is romantic. She paints a brilliant portrait of the good, the bad and the ugly, the lost and the lonely, and the power of love to bring light into the darkest of souls. This is western romance at its finest. SENSUAL (Jun., 320 pp., $19.95)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin