Travel writer India McNight's next assignment, to explore the unknown island of Takaku in the South Pacific, is so dangerous that few guides are qualified—or willing to make the journey. Rugged loner Jack Ryder is her man.
After his wife's death and a nasty scandal, Jack turned his back on civilization. Considered a renegade by the British Navy, he can't escape their watchful eyes even in seclusion. However, he is not immune to India's beauty or to her courage and agrees to take her to the island, knowing he'll be followed by the Navy.
Together they traverse the islands, seeking refuge and discovering passion. Emotionally invested, India determines to help Jack clear his name.
Candice Proctor knows the South Pacific—its lush beauty and its harshness too. She understands its colorful history and legends and uses this knowledge to sweep readers into an "Indiana Jones" meets "The African Queen" romantic adventure. I was utterly captivated by the marvelous characters that leaped to life. SENSUAL (May, 380 pp., $6.99)