Although she lives in New York City, Sheridan St. John (Sheri) writes dime novels about the Wild West. After low sales, her publisher sends her west to meet a half-breed scout who rescued an army officer's wife from renegades and will teach her about the "real" west.

Brand has been ordered by his superiors to escort Sheridan on a short scouting trip. Distracted by Sheri, he misses a marker and they end up being attacked by renegades and must hide out in cave. Brand gives Sheri a hard time, blaming her for everything that has gone wrong. They fight off the renegades, escape and manage to get to the fort. To Sheri this is all fodder for her next book and she's already half finished with her novel when she leaves for Phoenix.

Unable to get Sheri out of his mind, Brand arrives in town, climbs into her hotel room and they give in to their passion. He's arrested leaving her room and unjustly accused of murder. When she finds out, Sheri goes to defend Brand, but he convinces her that she must protect her reputation. Instead she breaks him out of jail.

They are both in trouble and on the run, pursued by a posse put together by his bitter, resentful ex-father-in-law. When Apache attack the posse, Brand rescues them and then surrenders. It's up to Sheri to save the man she loves, even if it means losing him in the process.

This novel is a wonderfully delicious "Perils of Pauline" style romance. With dashes of humor, passion, adventure and romance, Ms. Smith creates another winner that only she could write! SENSUAL (May, 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill Brager