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THE MAVERICKS
by Leigh Greenwood

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: 1888 Arizona Territory

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This continuation of Greenwood's popular Cowboy series focuses on Hawk and Zeke Maxwell, who have been almost inseparable since they were adopted by Jake and Isabelle Maxwell.

On the way to their ranch, they come across four women in a broken-down wagon. They make repairs and lead them to safety. They figure their work is over until they find Josie and Suzette traveling to Tombstone and decide they should protect the women.

Their journey is fraught with mishaps, from horse thieves to kidnappers and then carting the outlaws they've captured to the nearest town, but most of the trouble comes from trying to get along. Before they're ready to part company, the women get into trouble and they have to band together to fight injustice and discover the peace and happiness they deserve.

My, how these boys have grown into real men. Greenwood has penned a poignant story about how love can help people get over a horrible past. Each character has his or her own demons to deal with, and only with each other can they find happiness. It's not easy to do a two-couple story without one couple taking over, but Greenwood succeeds. SENSUAL (Dec., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Jill Brager

Publisher: Leisure

Published: December 2005

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