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Raised with her brothers aboard her father?s ship, Payton is a tomboy with a woman?s heart. She has loved Captain Connor Drake for as long as she can remember and now he is marrying Becky, a milkwater miss, out of a sense of honor, not love.

Payton?s love and concern for Connor sends her into his arms on the eve of his wedding. She cannot hold her tongue during the ceremony and claims there is an impediment to the marriage?the bride is in cahoots with Connor?s enemy.

Once that cat is out of the bag, things go from bad to worse. Connor?s ship is attacked and he is taken prisoner by a notorious French pirate, Becky?s lover.

Disguised as a cabin boy, Payton makes her way onto the enemy vessel and manages to locate Connor, uncover the truth and get them both in and out of more trouble until they can vanquish their enemies and claim the love that is rightfully theirs.

This action-packed, laugh-a-minute romp is sure to thrill readers. Patricia Cabot peoples her high seas adventure with memorable characters and a carefully detailed backdrop. Readers will feel the sea spray and the passionate kisses between Payton and Drake. AN IMPROPER PROPOSAL is different, fun and charming. It is a true joy to listen to Patricia Cabot?s unique voice. SENSUAL (Dec., 380 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin