Lady Charlotte Edgerton dresses in breeches, rides astride and prefers to be called "Charlie" by her friends. That is until her guardian, Lord Lionel Morgan, Earl of Denbigh, arrives to take her in hand.

Charlie disdains titles and thinks the earl is stiff necked, arrogant and commanding. Lionel finds this upstart American to be defiant and a bit too democratic to suit him.

The only thing to do is to find her a husband or, heaven forbid, he would have her on his hands for the next four years. Turning Charlotte into a proper English lady will not be an easy task, not for her the rigid rules of the ton. To get out from under her guardian's domineering ways, Charlie decides to become that proper English lady, within reason.

When an old enemy, the Duke of Braddock, catches Charlotte and Lionel in a compromising situation, they are forced to announce their engagement. Betrayed by a woman in the past, Lionel closes his heart to love. It is up to Charlie to show that she holds him captive forever and beyond.

CAPTIVE is a fast-paced Regency farce and a delightful change of pace from this multi-talented author. SENSUAL (May, 370 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond