Zebra, Oct 2002, 5.99
In 1886 Austin, a desperate Delana Wyatt quietly asks for help from Texas Ranger Sergeant Blu Cahill. She explains that she needs a safe escort so that she can leave town before her stepfather Henry Lawton marries her off to geriatric Cyrus Townsend. Though he wonders if he wears a sandwich sign advertising “Easy Mark for the Helpless”, Blu decides he can use the feisty female when he goes undercover while accomplishing her goal.
They pose as a married couple and journey to Brownwood where Blu plans to learn who is rustling cattle by cutting wire. As they live in close proximity they fall in love over her stove, but not only is he on assignment and pledged to also protect her, but he has a past that he must let go of if he is to attain a future with his beloved.
This is an entertaining often amusing Texas Ranger romance. The lead couple is an adorable pair though the intrepid heroine acts more like an anachronism with her independent nature and her willingness to escape her planned future via a stranger. Fans of western romance will hunger for more Holly Hart historicals like this tale and her Apache novels.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner