The widowed Regan Doyle lives with her husbands invalid mother and slips out to commit burglary to support an orphanage. When Texas ranger Clayton Walker rides into town to solve the crime, he almost catches Regan in the middle of her latest Robin Hood escapade. She escapes only to find him visiting his aunt in her mother-in-laws kitchen.

Clayton is more attracted to Regan than to solving the crime but she seems completely resistant to his charms. He isnt interested in marriage, doesnt trust women and can barely tolerate his elderly auntmuch less orphans. And none of these problems comes close to the one he faces when he discovers the truth of Regans nighttime activity.

Heidi Betts crafts engaging humor and great sexual tension but readers might have a hard time accepting the necessity of Regans robbing hood persona as community donations are made to the orphanage. Also, the resolution via a plot accident isnt entirely satisfying. SENSUAL (Jan., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger