The Earl of Granby has just watched two of his best friends get married and wants nothing to do with it. But when he goes to buy a new stallion, he meets a spitfire who is just the match for him. Catherine Hardwick wants no part of marriage. Her two best friends have also tied the knot, and both are miserable. As her father's only heir, she wants to raise horses.

She is out riding when she literally runs into the earl. For the first time in a long time, Granby is entertained by a woman. He's attracted to Catherine, but usually smart enough not to play games with country misses. She has gotten under his skin, however, and now two people who didn't want to marry find themselves struck by Cupid's arrow.

Catherine is the perfect combination of tomboy and lady, and she will delight readers with her quick wit. With snappy dialogue and well-developed characters, this is a very enjoyable story, even though there is little to no conflict to spice up this charming tale. SENSUAL (Feb., 300 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill Brager