Sherryl Woods dishes up one of her yummiest heroes in this addition to her chronicles of the Adams family of Texas.

It is a dark and stormy night when sexy cowboy Cord Branson saunters into Sharon Lynn Masons drugstore cum lunchbar looking for a bite to eat. Glad to be distracted from thoughts about the tragic end to her marriage, the lovely widow is more than happy to provide a meal, even at such a late hour. Neither of them however, is prepared to discover a baby on the doorstep.

She is an enchanting little thing, and even though she knows she should call Social Services, Sharon Lynn is determined to keep the little lady safe until a proper guardian is found. As for Cord, never has a relationship with a woman seemed so right. But what does a rolling stone have to offer the daughter of a prominent family?

Even though the wonderful hero plays second fiddle to the baby, Ms. Woods generates lashings of warmth and joy to brighten your day. (Feb., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer