Evangeline Peyton Howell is looking for Pecos Martin, but instead finds a handsome as sin, sweet- talking gambler. His name is Tyler Monteigne, and, since it becomes expedient for him to leave town, he agrees to escort Evi and young Daniel to Texas.
It is in Texas that Evi intends to find out about her past. A teller of stories, she at times stretches the truth to meet her needs and has a knack for getting into trouble.
After loosing everything dear to him during the Civil War, Tyler has no desire to fall in love, for love only brings pain. But when this delightful liar comes into his life, she turns it upside down. Between stagecoach robbers, orphans, a villainous lawyer and the town nearly being blown to smithereens, Tyler has his hands full. Will they discover that love is the pathway through all adversity?
Ms. Rice has always been a gifted storyteller and PAPER ROSES, the first in a trilogy, is a special gift of love and laughter she gives to all her readers. SENSUAL (Mar., 384 pp., $4.99)