Sir Payton Murray has a reputation for being a champion of the underdog. Lady Kirstie MacIye needs a champion to confront evil Sir Roderick. She must find someone who believes her claims that five children have been abused by the menacing man. After Payton meets the boys, he brings them to his home and agrees to help Kirstie, the most interesting woman he has ever met.
When Kirstie is kidnapped by Sir Roderick, all looks lost. But Payton rescues her, and his work on the boys' behalf begins to pay off, as Roderick's own clan cuts him off. In desperation, Roderick seeks revenge. If Payton and Kirstie can live though this, they will truly be free.
One of Hannah Howell's best books in recent years, HIGHLAND ANGEL touched me deeply. The heavy overtones of abuse compel you to root for the hero and heroine because you are intensely involved in the story. I truly love this book, and it is definitely going on my keeper shelf. SENSUAL (May, 384 pp., $5.99)