Ian McCains assignment for General Sam Houston is to find out the real identity of San Antonio Rose. Is she really trying to help the Texans gain their independence from Mexico or is she a spy for Santa Ana?

San Antonio Rose is Emerada de la Rosa, bent on avenging the murder of her family by Santa Ana. She gives Houston warnings about the Mexicans movements. She also saves Ians life several times, at considerable risk to her own. When she frees him from captivity, she takes him to her old home to recover and there the passion that has been building between the two finds its release.

Sweeping from war-torn Texas to New Orleans and back again, Ian pursues Emerada, marrying her when she carries his child, betraying her when his ex-fianci arrives. Captured by Santa Anas men, rescued by Indians and finally brought together, they will rebuild their home and watch Texas and their family grow. Rich in historical fact, Ms. OBanyans skill at crafting a tension-filled romance proves itself again. The characters are portrayed with depth, the plot twists and turns and the passion between Ian and Emerada fires up the Texas plains in a time of upheaval and growth. SENSUAL (Sep., 380 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Evelyn Feiner