Garrett's debut is a tender story about two people who don't belong anywhere and find out that belonging to each other is all they need. The characters' growth and strong secondary characters who move
the story along add to this well-written, entertaining western.

In the middle of a blizzard, Rachel Hudson finds a man beaten and bloody on her porch. She drags him in and takes care of him, with the help of her little brother, Nathan.

The man is Texas Ranger Jake McCain. Rachel is the local schoolteacher and the town gossips make more of her taking care of Jake than it is. Jake leaves, going after the men who had beaten him. But he is pulled back to Rachel and this time their attraction cannot be denied. Rachel has fallen for Jake, but Jake informs her that he will never marry and he's not the man for her. But the men Jake is pursuing are also after Rachel and Jake goes after them. He manages to make it back to Rachel, but he is a half-breed and still feels that he isn't good enough for her. Can Rachel convince Jake that being with him is all she needs before trouble finds them once again? (Zebra, Oct., 320 pp., $3.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Brager