Inheriting a mansion and a gold mine is the answer to Kate Quinn's prayers. Desperate and penniless, she leaves Boston for the California gold fields. But the gleam is gone when Kate discovers the house is falling down and the gold is played out.

To Sheriff Travis McLoud, Kate is nothing but trouble -- a young, beautiful woman in a town filled with men. He has his hands full keeping the miners in line, but when Kate arrives he realizes someone has to protect her.

To add salt to the pot, highhanded dandy Winn Delaney comes to Fortune and makes it clear he'd like to stake a claim on Kate. But it's the rugged lawman who truly makes her heart flutter, and when it appears that there's a fortune to be found, Kate needs all the help Travis can give her.

Ryan delivers a rip-roaring tale that captures the heart of the Old West. SENSUAL (Feb., 380 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin