When the Lockhart brothers' search for the fabled "beastie," a family heirloom, comes up empty, they must find a way to pay their debt to their rival, Payton Douglas. With nothing left, they offer him their sister Mared's hand in marriage.

Unfortunately, Mared believes in the curse that decrees no Lockhart daughter can wed without disaster. So when push comes to shove (quite literally), Mared finds herself "hired" as Payton's housekeeper.

Payton has loved Mared since she bested him at sports, punched him and bit his lip when he tried to kiss her. He'll do just about anything—even hire her as housekeeper—to get her to admit that she loves him and say "I do."

Sparks and words fly and passions soar when two stubborn Scots get together in this delightful conclusion to London's Lockhart trilogy. The author proves that nothing—not curses, accidents or illness—can stop true love. With her trademark humor tinged with poignancy, she demonstrates why she is a reader favorite. SENSUAL (Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin