No good comes from eavesdropping, or so Emily Morgan, owner of a rare book shop in Phoenix, discovers when she overhears Adrian de Vargas tell his wife that they must go back in time to fix what hap-pened to Darian Woodward.
Tumbling off the ladder puts Emily right where she doesnt belongor does it? Adrians wife, Cora, feels Emily should go back in time to make sure Darian will not hang at the hands of Clement Davis.
Darian, however, is not the knight-in-shining-armor, Emily imagined; he is angry and unkempt. He also refuses to believe Emily is from the future, despite her proof. She is forced to tag along with Darian and his band of outlaws so he can come face-to-face with his nemesis, General Davis.
As Emily and Darian make their way to Tucson, an uneasy truce forms. Emily becomes accepted by the gang and she and Darian grow closer. Wounded by events of their pasts, they begin learning to live again. And while Darian is a virgin, Emily is not, which provides the reader with humorous and sizzling love scenes.
Together, Emily and Darian overcome the odds, the scars of the past, learn to trust, to love and be worthy of that love, and find a happiness they have both dreamed about. Kudos to Ms. Piel for providing a love story with humor, passion and some whimsy. Its an all-around great read. SENSUAL (Aug., 361 pp., $5.99)