Lindsay MacPhaull is struggling to keep the family business afloat during the Panic of 1838 when Texas rancher Jackson Stennet arrives with the news that her estranged father has died and left Jackson as his sole heir. Though Billy MacPhaull had been like a father to him for 18 years, Jackson had no idea that the man had abandoned his real family long agoand in naming him heir, was leading him into the lions den. A headstrong, shrewd businesswoman, Lindsay is not about to hand over the reins of her company, but she is willing to negotiate.

As these two stubborn people come head to head in their battle for control of the MacPhaull empire, they discover someone is trying to murder one of them. Only by joining forces can they hope to unmask the killer and untangle the threads of the past.

The involved threads of the plot entwine the reader in an intricately woven web of compounded lies and deceits. The complications of the economics of the era combined with the suspense and romance give added dimension to an already riveting story. Ms. LaFoy, never one to settle for the ordinary, outdoes herself with this clever, thought-provoking romantic mystery. SENSUAL (Oct.,390 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin