The Particulars: Historical romance, Kensington Zebra, 1987, Out of Print, Apparently the first book in a series.
Holly Campbell got off the stage in Silver Creek with steely determination in her velvet-brown eyes. The telegram had said her father committed suicide in this peaceful town, but she'd never believe that. He'd been murdered and she was here to prove it. She'd do it alone, too--her father's letters had told her whom to trust and it sure wasn't the sheriff. Quintan Jarvis was as crooked as they came, and Holly meant to keep her distance ... despite the way his honey-gold eyes lit up at the sight of her... and the way her traitorous body yearned for the handsome lawman's embrace.
Quintan Jarvis didn't know what to make of the beautiful woman who got off the afternoon stage. She looked every inch the lady, but she behaved like a vicious little spitfire. He'd done nothing to earn her rude words and hostile glances, and he wasn't going to stand for much more of this nonsense. He'd enjoy teaching the vixen a lesson about manners ... and men. He'd make that sassy mouth of hers pout with passion, taste the sweetness of her smooth, creamy skin, feel her soft curves press against him, begging for the loving that was her true HEART'S DESIRE
Any Reviews?: 1987, so nada. Not even on Amazon or GoodReads. I got nothing people!
Anything Else?: Looking at this book I find myself mentally running down the Old Skool Romance Check-List in my head. For starters, let's take the cover:
1). Clinch pose with clothes falling off - check.
2). Couple standing in some mysterious cotton-candy like substance - check.
3). Deranged wild life on cover either a horse, a bird of prey or both - check.
4). Mustachioed hero - preferably with Tom Selleck fullness, but Clark Gable will do in a pinch - check.
5). Cheesy tagline - check. ("She ached for the love of a man she could never trust!")
Now the back cover blurb:
1). You can never harp on too much about eye color. Eye color is very important - check.
2). It's not a historical romance without some sort of family secret plot thread - check.
3). The heroine's body is always, always "traitorous." - check.
4). The heroine needs to be described as a "vixen", "sassy," or a "spitfire." Any variation and use of these words will do - check.
5). This is very important - the heroine must not trust the hero, and it must be implied on the back cover that she'll fight him every step of the way, all the while her traitorous body is succumbing to his honeyed kisses - check.
I mean honestly - is it any wonder why I'd have to rescue this book if I saw it? I mean, how am I supposed to resist this much over-the-top 1980s cheesy historical western romance goodness? I'm a mere mortal. If you cut me, do I not bleed?