McCarty's western saga is a well-told tale that's witty, touching and extremely poignant. The hero and heroine build a truly loving and strongly committed relationship as McCarty develops a romance readers will hold close to their hearts.
Reverend Brad Swanson has gone from outlaw to preacher in the blink of an eye, and though he'd easily rob a bank, he would never let a woman or child suffer abuse. When he turns against his own gang to save lives, he becomes an honorary member of the powerful McKinnely family.
Evie Washington, the spoiled daughter of the McKinnelys, is an independent thinker and early feminist. Fascinated by Brad, she uses her imagination to paint him in the nude, which results in the family insisting on a shotgun wedding. After a tender and loving wedding night, Evie starts to fall in love with Brad, due to his gentleness, willingness to risk his life to protect innocent people in the community and obvious respect for her ideals. (Berkley Sensation, Oct., 336 pp., $7.99)