First up is "Twilight in Texas" by Jodi Thomas (Jove Historical). Wolf Hayward and Molly Donivan met long ago and fell in love, both wanting no one else since. Except that she knew him as Benjamin. Now, sheīs living in Texas, and he becomes her patient when he brings a wanted man back to town in his capacity as Texas Ranger. Molly has idealized "Benjamin" to the point where no other man could possibly live up to him. But Wolf and Molly end up married and with custody of a little girl in danger. Wolf could save himself a lot of heartache if heīd just reveal his identity, and Molly canīt see whatīs in front of her nose. This one gets only three of Cupidīs five arrows.
Next up is
Jezebel's Sister by Emily Carmichael (Jove Historical). Nathan Stone is in hiding, posing as a minister on a wagon train. Cassidy Rose is making her sister and the rest of the women who worked for her sister in the family brothel move west to start new lives. But the preacher makes Cassidy have thoughts she shouldnīt have about any man. But when a marshal catches up to them to arrest Nathan, things arenīt as cut and dried as they seem. Cass knows she wants a sensible, upstanding man for her husband, but she canīt stop her heart from wanting Nathan, whether heīs a criminal or not. Cass is a lively heroine, and the cast of characters from the brothel are a riot. Iīm giving this one three and a half arrows.
Finally, I read Cynthia Sterlingīs latest,
Husband by Law (Jove Seduction). Lieutenant Michael Trent is living the life of a carefree bachelor, but when Ellen Winthrop needs an escort to California, his superior officer says Michael must wed her. This pair has more secrets than any couple ought to have. But Michael is a very sexy man, and Ellen is more than susceptible to his charms. However, they have to contend with interference from another officer, plus their own lies and things begin to look hopeless, even after the truth comes out. Personally, I preferred Ms. Sterlingīs "Great Caesarīs Ghost," but this one is a pleasant enough way to while away several hours and earns three of Cupidīs arrows.
And until next week, happy reading!