It’s a struggle for Jacob Creed to keep his ranch from his powerful stepfather, Alex Blackthorne. But Jake is just as determined to keep what is his. A mail-order bride, Miranda Wentworth, arrives from Chicago. As Jake’s new wife, she will have to explain the appearance of her two young brothers, and though he’s neglected to mention his 2-year old daughter, they all get along.
Widowed for only six months Jake feels some guilt when he finds himself physically attracted to Miranda, as she enjoys their verbal bantering. But there is still something missing from their marriage: Jake is determined not to consummate it. Too bad Miranda has other ideas about that. (DELL, Mar., 384 pp., $7.99)