Legal clerk, Nora Kate Doherty, travels to Hawaii in search of Kent Miles, the missing heir to a title and a fortune. Right from the start things go wrong; her employer is lost at sea, and she finds that the "heir" she seeks is not only handsome and virile, but a "savage."
Nora decides to teach him to be a gentleman before they return to London. Kent is amused and intrigued by the flame-haired beauty, but he is determined not to return with her and open old wounds.
Furious that he refuses to go to England, Nora resorts to blackmail. However, a series of mysterious accidents delays their voyage. While awaiting the next ship, Nora begins teaching in a local school and falls in love with the island, her students and Kent.
Fearing she is "not good enough" for Kent, Nora flees, returning to London. Kent follows her and so does trouble-trouble that could cost them their lives.
ISLAND FLAME is a tale of romantic suspense set amid a tropical paradise. It is perhaps too rich in historical detail, and there are several long separations, but this is an otherwise intriguing romance. SENSUAL (July, 384 pp., $4.99)