This rugged tale, the first in the Devils on Horseback series, has everything -- danger and deception, laughter and love -- in generous doses. Williamson captures the essence of the West during the trauma that followed the Civil War, both the greed and the desperation, with animated characters and dramatic landscapes. The action is hot, but the sex is hotter.
Elisa fights to save what little land and cattle she has left. She wants revenge on the man who stole everything -- and to protect her heart from Nate. (Samhain, Nov. '07, 240 pp., $13.00)