Marriage isn't part of "new modern woman" Annie Mallory's plans, but that changes when she discovers she's pregnant.

Local Sheriff Jesse Harden has long-admired outspoken Annie. When it's rumored that she's pregnant—not to mention seen around town talking to Jesse—he seizes his chance to propose.

Annie is prepared to take on the stigma of being an unwed mother, but she cannot resist Jesse's proposal and hopes they can build a life of love. But the biological father of her child isn't about to give up. His obsessive need to possess Annie nearly destroys the fragile life she and Jesse begin to forge.

Osborne takes extraordinary circumstances and crafts a tender, powerful and thought-provoking romance. Her exploration of unwed motherhood and women's independence keep readers' minds, as well as hearts, completely involved. This is a heart-tugging, insightful romance. SENSUAL (Nov., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin