Avon, May 2003, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1877 in the Cherokee Nation West, Lighthorseman Black Fox Vann trails Cat, a Robin Hood like robber turned killer when he murdered Deputy US Marshal Turner. At a general store, Black Fox sees Cat dodging bullets running towards his horse. Black Fox follows only to find an unconscious Cat shot in the shoulder. He strips him only to shockingly see breasts.
Cat hears him mumbling about taking a female to Judge Parker to hang for murder, but cannot understand why he says that until he accuses her of killing Turner. She denies killing anyone yet, but plans to kill the general store owner Tassel for killing her stepfather and mother, and trying to rape her. He knows she is too hurt to travel to Ft. Smith for her trial, so he takes her to his ranch to heal. Black Fox wants to believe Cat's cries of innocence as he is falling in love with her, but his credo is the law is the law.
Genell Dellin demonstrates why she is the recipient of the RT Career Achievement Award with this strong western romance. Though there is plenty of action, the key to the tale is the relationship between the two characters who are attracted to one another from the start, but he adamantly believe in upholding the law while she feels the law failed her. The immovable law and the untouchable outlaw make for great fun for readers.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner