THE CAT AND THE COUNTESS
When half-Scots/half-Indian Niankwe Wildcat MacInnes realizes someone is picking his pocket, he cannot believe the lovely woman with the frail child standing next to him is the thief. However, when he discovers an important bag is missing, he tracks her down and discovers she is Lady Elizabeth Pemley.
Niankwe accuses her of the theft, but Elizabeth cannot remember what happened to his belongings. Meanwhile, Elizabeths friend, Lady Ballantine, has lost a precious necklace that she believes her lover has taken and asks Wildcat for his help.
He agrees, hoping to also find his belongings. The search brings Wildcat and Elizabeth closer together. Could it be that the lovely kleptomaniac has stolen his heart?
As always, Ms. Claybourne pens a clever and distinctive romance to entertain readers. Take one kleptomaniac and a half-breed Scotsman, add a memorable cast of secondary characters and a complex plot to get a tale you wont soon forget. SENSUAL (On-sale Feb., 350 pp., $6.50)