IMPASSIONED STRANGER is the sequel to IMPASSIONED VAGABOND and brings us the
story of Rafe's brother, Travis Conley.
Just as Travis narrowly escapes from a shotgun wedding with his lover Pearl, he
encounters the excitable Lucia Montessano who changes his life in ways he never
Lucia's family wants her to marry a man who would abuse her. With the help of
one of her brothers, Lucia runs away. She answers an ad for a mail-order bride
only to arrive at her destination and learn her intended groom has left for
parts unknown. Luckily for Lucia she's a great cook.
Travis' men are just about to quit and leave the running of the entire ranch to
himself if he didn't find a good cook real fast. Unwilling to suffer a riot,
Travis hires Lucia despite the many problems her being a foreigner with a
catholic background is going to cause him. Hopefully he can keep her out of
town. The town's wealthiest rancher and also Pearl's father would be first in
line to run Lucia away.
Lucia thinks that Travis will make a fine husband. After one kiss, Lucia's
religious upbringing has her believing Travis intends to offer her marriage.
When he refuses, Lucia steals the payroll and disappears with Travis hot on her
Tracking Lucia down was not quite so easy but finding her in an orphanage and
claiming a little girl as the reason for not leaving, Travis finds himself wed
to her. At their return, everyone assumes the baby is Lucia's out of wedlock.
This just ignite the tempers of the people in town who are being led by Travis'
enemy and a man is hired to kill Travis.