When Chloe Biddleton's prodigal brother loses his half of their ranch to Jasper Thomas (J.T.) Flannery, the duo become partners on several levels, engaging in an exhilarating game of chance.

Chloe resists J.T.'s rescue from the financial problems of the ranch because it threatens her independence. J.T. must face that winning the ranch from those who threaten its viability may lose him the most precious dream of all: Chloe's love.

This deftly written novel about loss and recovery is a skillful handling of the traditional Western, with the added elements of family conflict and a moving love story. SENSUAL (Mar., 300 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger