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.
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)