Katherine (Kit) MacKinnon vows to uphold the oath she made to her dying father: Blackthorne Hall and its lands must be returned to the clan MacKinnon and the people's suffering must end.

First, Kit must wait for the arrival of Alistair Wharton, Duke of Blackthorne. That can be none too soon, for as head of the clan, Kit is subject to amorous advances and suitors. What she needs is a bodyguard.

When she is told that the Duke drowned, her plan to marry him is dashed. But as fate would have it, her future bodyguard finds himself washed up on shore with no remembrance of how he got there or who he is.

The stranger is befriended by young Michael O'Malley and takes the name of Alex Wheaton. Destiny catches up with Alex sooner than he expects and he finds himself defending Kit's honor and becoming her bodyguard.

Appalled at the plight of the people, Alex is not above helping them when he can. Slowly he finds himself falling in love with Kit, but their idyllic moments will be shattered when Alex regains his memory. He will have to find forgiveness in his heart and put the past to rest or the love between them will be irrevocably broken.

A spin-off of After the Kiss and Captive, The Bodyguard is at times poignant and sensitive and a read that will tug at your heart. Enjoy! SENSUAL (Apr., 389 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond