With her trademark blend of humor and poignancy, Cathy Maxwell lifts readers' spirits in this deliciously romantic story of a willful heiress and a dashing Irish mercenary. Miss Lyssa Harrel is escaping an unwanted marriage by fleeing to her mother's family in Scotland when Ian Campion, her father's "bounty hunter," finds her with a band of gypsies.

Lyssa is strongwilled and determined to travel to her mother's home no matter what Ian says or does. A wanted man, Ian is desperately in need of the money offered for Lyssa's return. He cannot let Lyssa get away, and so the rollicking adventure begins—only to accelerate when it becomes obvious that someone is bent on killing Lyssa.

Maxwell can take a traditional plot—the runaway heiress and the man sent to find her (a sort of Regency "It Happened One Night") and turn it into an enchanting romance that brings a smile and a tear. SENSUAL (May, 380 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin