by Catherine Hart

January 1994
ISBN: 0-8439-3563-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

This was the very first American Western book that I read, so naturally, I jumped at the chance to re-read it and review it.

The back of the book says that the heroine is exasperating, infuriating, unbelievably tantalizing; a little hellcat with flashing eyes and red-gold tangles; a virgin with barnyard manners and cathouse morals. What they didn`t say was that she was also probably one of the most unforgettable characters that I`ve ever read.

Sam Downing, one of the Downing gang, didn`t mean to fall of her horse during a getaway from a bank robbery and she sure didn`t mean for Marshal Travis Kincaid to find out that she`s a woman. But he did, and then decided it wasn`t proper to have a woman prisoner. However, he couldn`t just let her go free - she was a bank robber! So, he made his home her prison. While he was working, his housekeeper could look after Sam.

But after a few failed attempts at escape, Travis finds that he can't trust her not to runaway at night, so there`s only one thing he can do. Make her sleep in his room while he`s in there, too.

This suddenly turns into a battle of wills for the wildcat and the Marshal, but something else happens that rocks Sam's world. Her father is dying, her brothers are captured and she must choose between her family and the love that promises her a lifetime of safety and happiness.

This was by far and away the best western I`ve ever read. Sam and Travis were so wonderful and realistic that I had a tear in my eye when I read the last page and closed the book for the last time. I didn't want to let them go. Sam`s wild temper and Travis' habit of jumping to conclusions, mixed with hilarious antics made an impression on my mind.

If you find Sweet Fury anywhere, do yourself a favor and read it!

Reviewed in September 2002 by Lucy.

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