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TEXAS PASSION continues the triumphant story of Tess and John Hawkens that began in Texas Embrace. Happily married and living on their ranch outside El Paso, Tess, John and their children have a good life. But the past is about to rear its ugly head.

Two of their greatest enemies escape from prison, bent on destroying the Hawkens. Their unquenchable thirst for revenge enables them to concoct a diabolical scheme. They plan to hurt Tess and John in the most horrible waythrough their children.

The evil-doers send Lonnie, a man unknown to Tess and John, to take a job on the Hawkens ranch. Gaining their trust is not difficult, but once the children have been spirited away, Tess and Johns combined anger is a force to be reckoned with.

Unwilling to stay behind, Tess accompanies the men to hunt down the outlaws and recover her children. Nothing prepares them for the emotional and physical dangers they will face or the final confrontation that awaits them.

Rosanne Bittners gift for recreating the real drama and harshness of the West comes to the fore in this powerful, emotional tale of love triumphing over evil. This is not simply a love story between two people, but a story of the love between husband and wife and parents and children. Readers will be emotionally bound to Tess and Johns search for their children and the glory in the outcome. SENSUAL (Mar., 350 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin