Libby Ross, alone, penniless and desperate, jumps at the first offer of a job-cooking for the Lodestar Ranch.

At peace for the first time in a long time, Libby finds that peace threatened by only one thing-her new boss, Tyler Hollins.

Ty, angry when he learns a woman has invaded his ranch, his privacy and his routine, is truly livid when he cannot find a replacement.

Stuck with one another, they strike a bargain: Libby (of the savory meals, quick smile and warm gray eyes) will continue as cook at the ranch and on the cattle drive, but once they reach Miles City, she will return to Chicago and Ty will get a new male cook.

During the drive, Ty's resentment turns to respect and desire. But old demons haunt him and stop him from allowing Libby into his heart and into his life.

Alexis Harrington has written a charming, warm-hearted romance of two stubborn people who are made for each other, if they'd only open their eyes. SENSUAL (Jan., 350 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Maria C. Ferrer