Avon, Oct 2001, 6.99, 384 pp.
In 1891 Fortune, Texas, bank robber Lee Raven has no choice, but to abduct Angela when she apparently sees his face during a hold-up. No way was Lee going to allow the beautiful woman to identify him to the Rangers, but he is not a killer in spite of his reputation. Neither Lee nor his mob has any idea what to do with Angela except take her along with them. To his shock, her so-called clumsiness is a result of her being blind, which means that Lee never had to abduct Angela.
Feeling he has no options, Lee takes Angela to his family ranch. She is already aware that the so-called dangerous outlaw is actually a kind person stealing for the good of his friends. Soon the OUTLAW AND THE LADY begin to fall in love, but he fears she is the one who will reveal everything he has tried to bury over the past five years.
The story line of this western romance is fast-paced with non-stop action and references to and appearances of characters from Lorraine Heath's Rogues of Texas tales. Lee is a strong lead protagonist and the support cast provides depth especially about him.. However, the plot belongs to Angela, whom may be blind, but rejects the notion of a handicap without the author falling into some maudlin apology for her physical condition in part due to Lee's willingness to “bluff” with her. This excellent novel is made even better by the strong characterization.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner