cover image An Outlaw in Wonderland

An Outlaw in Wonderland

Lori Austin. Signet Eclipse, $7.99 mass market (336p) ISBN 978-0-451-23952-5

Austin continues the Once Upon a Time in the West series with a fast-paced Civil War–ear romance between Ethan Walsh, a Union doctor spying in a Confederate hospital in Virginia, and Annabeth Phelan, the nurse who helps capture him. Despite their secrets, the pair bond and fall in love while saving lives. The romance starts out sweet and tender, but rapidly becomes dangerous when Ethan is taken prisoner. After the horrors of prison, their love story goes down the rabbit hole in a maze of twisty little plot points, including an outlaw gang, bank robberies, amnesia, brain injuries, betrayal, prostitution, and jealous rivals. The Civil War and its horrors are a dark backdrop for this adventure, turning it into a nail-biting tale of love lost and regained. Fans also get to learn more about Mikhail and Alexi (stars of Beauty and the Bounty Hunter) and their shared history with Ethan. (June)