Lady Georgiana Marshal's betrothal to the Earl of Threshfield will give her the independence she desires. Not for her the strictures of a young husband, who controls every facet of her life. She does not count on Nick Ross' arrival from Texas to upset her plans.

Sparks fly with their first encounter. Sent to England by his best friend, Jocelyn Marshal, Georgiana's brother, Nick finds that he has his work cut out for him. Born in England, raised in the slums of St. Giles, saved by Marshal, Viscount Radcliffe, Nick is now a man of great wealth and he berates himself for his lusty yearning for Georgiana.

A different woman than the tall bumbling young girl he remembers, she is now a stately, confident noblewoman with a tongue as tart as a lemon.

As far as Georgiana is concerned, Ross is a combination of dangerous Texas cowboy, commoner, and elegant Englishman, but certainly no gentleman. They soon find themselves involved in the dangerous goings on in a household full of nasty misfits as murder and mayhem ensue.

Daughter of a duke, lowly commoner, each will have to overcome past hurts to grasp the love that at times eludes them.

A spin-off from Lady Dangerous, THE ENGAGEMENT is a pleasurable read filled with Ms. Robinson's knack for humor, sharp repartee, and zany characterizations. SENSUAL (June, 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond