GRAY HAWK'S LADY
When her ill father cannot complete his book on American Indians, Lady Genevieve Rohan must meet the deadline or they'll be ruined. The only tribe left to study is the dangerous Blackfoot. Genevieve makes inquiries at St. Louis Fort. When no Blackfoot responds, she arranges to capture a woman or child. What she gets is a virile Blackfoot warrior. Gray Hawk, although angry at his capture, explains that Black Robes (missionaries) taught him English. When the opportunity presents itself, Gray Hawk kidnaps Genevieve and forces her on a journey north to his home.
Ms. Kay renders an intelligent, provocative story and treats Native Americans with deep respect. Her research is evident, allowing the reader to study the minds and reactions of both cultures and presents a believable story. She brings prejudices into the open and helps her characters and the reader deal with the problem. In the first of a trilogy, Ms. Kay presents the reader with the promise of more cultural clashes and tension-filled romances to come. SENSUAL (Aug., 368 pp., $5.99)