Thomas' name is synonymous with tough and tender western romances and it's no wonder. She crafts well-plotted stories with realistic characters and captures the essence of the western landscape and people. The beauty of her novels is not just the touching love story but her passion for the harsh yet beautiful, strong yet vulnerable, courageous and intrepid world she recreates.

Texas Ranger Travis McMurray's brothers handle their ranch and his sister so he can uphold the law. Home for a respite, he attends a barn dance where a lovely stranger steals a kiss and his horse. It isn't until he's wounded in an ambush and is recuperating that he thinks of her and the letters she sent.

Rainey Adams couldn't help taking the ranger's horse. It was that or face her father's schemes for her marriage. Guilt drives her to write an apology and it is her letters that help heal him enough to come to her rescue when trouble stalks her. However, it is Travis' past that catches up to them and it is only his dream vision that saves their lives and the lives of those they love. (Berkley, Nov., 380 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin