Kit Brantley's father leaves her, dressed as an urchin, with Alex Cale, the Earl of Everton, for a double purpose. First she is to spy on the English for the French, and she is to collect on a debt owed her family by the Evertons.

Raised in France and devoted to her father, Kit's loyalty is solid. Alex suspects he is harboring a traitor, but he cannot prove it. The gamin-like Kit turns Alex's life upside down and her escapades drag them into many scrapes as she tries to uncover who is thwarting her father's smuggling operations.

The longer Kit stays with Alex the more she falls for his charm. She fears he's who she seeks. Alex, too, fears he is falling for a dangerous woman whose spirit and courage match his own. They must prevent their enemies and past nightmares from destroying their newfound hope for the future.

Susan Enoch's first long Regency is a charming, light-hearted tale with just enough mystery and suspense. SENSUAL (March, 350 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin