THE DUCHESS AND THE DESPERADO
Laurie Grant spins a good tale with well-defined characters, a neat plot and plenty of adventure to serve up a delightful romance as it's meant to be: yummy!
The Duchess of Malvern knows she must marry for honor, duty and her family's peace of mind. But before she does, the stubborn, near-sighted Sarah Challoner wants a tour of America. What Sarah hasn't told anyone is that she plans to elope with her secret fianc once she reaches Santa Fe.
In Denver, she is greeted by a hail of bullets and the hard, protective body of Morgan Calhoun. Proving he can save her lands him a job as her bodyguard; a neat twist since his face is plastered on "Wanted" posters everywhere. Even without her spectacles, Sarah can see he's the only man she can trust.
Several assassination attempts later, Sarah must follow Morgan into the wilds of Texas to survive. Hard-won escape turns into a journey of a different sort when Sarah realizes her heart belongs to Morgan. Then, what promises to be a few simple explanations once they reach Santa Fe turns to tragic betrayal when Morgan stands trial for his past and Sarah must reveal the treachery in both their lives.
Laurie Grant spins a good tale with well-defined characters, a neat plot and plenty of adventure to serve up a delightful romance as it's meant to be: yummy! SENSUAL (July, 299 pp., $4.99)