In desperate need of funds to save her family's ancestral home, Amanda Courtland Jackson masquerades as Montana Rose, a beautiful woman whose skill at poker is matched only by her beauty. She meets her match in the devilish Yankee Michael Tarrington at the card table and later right in her home.

When Michael uncovers the identity of the ravishing gambler, he is determined to call the lovely lady's bluff and find a way to woo and win her heart. When Amanda is ready to sacrifice herself for her family, Michael steps in abducting his enemy's bride-to-be and making Amanda his wife. In one night of sizzling passion Amanda relinquishes her heart to Michael, but others continue to conspire to see their happiness and her family destroyed as jealousy, stubbornness and pride combine to thrust the lovers apart.

STRAIGHT for THE HEART goes straight to the reader's heart with its winning combination of an absorbing romance and fascinating characters. Marsha Canham has another winner with this dazzling novel that readers will savor. SENSUAL (May, 400 pp., $5.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin