WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BED
Second in the Love Spell Fairy Tale Series, WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BED is based on the famous tale of Goldilocks, but in this case, golden-haired Maddalyn Lorraine Kelly has come West to make a new, independent life for herself as a schoolteacher.
Fleeing a band of stagecoach robbers, Maddalyn is lost in the Wyoming woods until she find a cabin and waits for the three bear-like men to leave. She enters and eats from the bowls of stew they left cool.
Over the next few days, Maddalyn lives in a small cave, visiting the cabin when the men are gone. She steals food, breaks a chair and is caught sleeping in the bed of the youngest mountain man, Eric Barrett.
Eric had come to the mountains to escape the hectic life of a Pinkerton agent, then invited his brothers Karl and Conrad, also Pinkertons, to join him. When he rescues Maddalyn during a snowstorm, she agrees to cook for the Barretts until the snow melts. She is determined to win over cynical Eric, but little does he know she plans to find brides for all the Barretts.
Linda Jones keep the sexual tension on the highest peak. All the secondary characters, including the townsfolk, are engaging. This brightly written romantic allegory sparkles with humor and shines with fairy tale joy. SENSUAL (June, 400 pp., $4.99)