Lord Christian Haukinge is enraged when his former fiance's brother offers him money to break her heart. Their betrothal, broken by Jessamine's father when Christian's inheritance was stolen, has left Christian with a disposition for revenge toward the Stone family. Thus he accepts the proposal with the intent to ruin the family once and for all.
Christian's plans go awry and he finds himself threatened by Jessamine's innocence and purity of heart. Alas, his plans to marry Jessamine are foiled and the lovers are separated.
Jessamine travels to Charlestown unaware that Christian leads a double life and is no other than the mysterious Hawk, a notorious rebel smuggler. As much as she would like to ignore the merciless rogue, she finds she is drawn to him. As Jessamine is swept into Hawk's dangerous world, the lovers are forced to face the undeniable truth of their feelings for one another.
With the broad stroke of a master's pen, Tanya Anne Crosby eloquently sweeps readers from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other with a compelling tale ablaze with heartfelt characters who walk off the pages and into your heart. KISSED is a story to make your heart sing. VERY SENSUAL (Dec., 400 pp., $5.50)