Daniel Two Skins McCord, an Indian agent on a Cheyenne reservation, had his hands full keeping his cousin out of trouble, and now he has a broken leg. His cousin thinks Daniel needs a woman, so he kidnaps Josie Baum out of a house of ill repute.

In his anger, Josies father had left her there when the large Indian stormed in, grabbed Josie and tossed her on to his horse to give to Daniel as the perfect gift.

Now theyre stuck together in the middle of a snowstorm along with a buffalo who follows Josie. Her younger brother comes looking for her and in the process of trying to set things straight, she and Daniel marry. She becomes mother to his unruly twin sons.

Josie is torn between her need for independence and her love for Daniel, while Daniel fears his intense desire for her is pulling him into love as well. The way Josie and Daniel work out their problems brings both laughter and tears. Sharon Ihle combines her special brand of humor with the reality of the West in her finely drawn romances. SENSUAL (Sep., 370 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin