Logan Kincaid becomes an outlaw to infiltrate a band of outlaws and expose the mastermind who has been committing robberies against his family's Silver Belt Mine. In a bungled robbery Logan is shot and left for dead.

He is rescued by orphans-Kenny Styles and his younger cousin, Marty. They are sure that by depositing Logan on the penniless widow Jessie Winslow's doorstep, they are doing her a tremendous favor.

Jessie tends to Logan's wounds, but the forced intimacy between them gives way to heightened sexual tension. While in town for supplies, Jessie is accosted by the fugitive outlaws. The need to replace the horrific experience with a good one drives her into Logan's waiting arms. She wants to make a lasting memory to sustain her when Logan is gone.

Before meeting up with the bandits, Logan heads home where he and his brothers plan another ore and payroll shipment to lure the robbers.

ONCE AN OUTLAW is an engrossing, not to be missed read. In this memorable second book of the Kincaid Trilogy, Ms. Michaels capably illustrates, once again, why she is one of the brightest stars in the genre today. SENSUAL (Dec., 355 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Frances L. Trainor