When Eulalie Gibb travels from Chicago to the New Mexico Territory in the 1890s to take a job as a saloon singer, she’s none too pleased with men, and her acquaintanceship with Nick Taggart gets off to a particularly poor start when Nick’s drunken uncle forces her to dance with him down the main street of Rio Peñasco. Nick, the local blacksmith, has his own uses for women, none of them at all romantic. When Eulalie decides that she needs male protection for her fragile sister, however, it is Nick with whom she strikes a highly unorthodox bargain – one that will have unexpected consequences for all concerned.
Those who like steam in their romances won’t find much here, as quite a lot is left to the reader’s imagination. Readers who want sympathetic, likable characters, lively dialogue, and warm humor, however, will find all of these elements here, making Cactus Flower an engaging frontier romance.