Emeralda (Emmy) Greene is too busy taking care of her wastrel uncle's gemology business and his family to listen to the stories about the mysterious Diamond Hawk, a Robin Hood-like hero who saves travelers from highwaymen, until the night the masked man seeks her help in appraising some gems.

Joss Briskton, third son of an English duke, has come to Carding, Missouri, to find Robert Greene, the man responsible for the murder of his wife and sons. When he meets Emmy, Joss is enchanted by the independent, capable gemologist and wants to make her his own.

Winning Emmy's hand in marriage during a high-stakes poker game with her uncle is not the way Joss really plans to make Emmy his bride, but they marry nonetheless.

Even after their marriage, late night visits from the Diamond Hawk continue, drawing Emmy into a dangerous game of intrigue and mystery. But Emmy would sacrifice everything for the chance to help heal Joss' wounded soul with her unconditional love.

Blending together elements from Cinderella, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Robin Hood and a good old-fashioned western, Mandalyn Kaye brings readers a delightful, fast-paced and highly enjoyable read. She combines poignancy with sizzling sensuality and adds a dash of "desire in disguise" mystery to intrigue readers and keep them turning the pages. SENSUAL (Dec., 416 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin