A drunken wager leads Gabriel, 12th Earl of Sinclair, to the gallows. Luckily, do-gooder Louisa Peabody saves him just in the nick of time.

Unlucky for Louisa, Gabriel turns out to be too cocky, too confident, and too charming for a condemned man.

The two repeatedly butt heads, especially when she insists he help her merry band of women rescue another innocent from cruel male justice.

Gabriel refuses to have anything to do with her mad schemes, but money talks. The rescue is successful, but Louisa ends up owing her life to Gabriel. And shes really in his debt when her greedy trustee arrives with plans to seduce her. To thwart him, Louisa announces her engagement to Gabriel.

Gabriel plans to take advantage of the situation when he suddenly finds himself part of the family and reluctantly cast in the role of hero. Now he must face his past and the fact that he has fallen in love with an infuriating, fearless woman.

Delightful. Funny. Warm-hearted. Readers will be charmed by Ms. Putmans foray into the longer Regency. SENSUAL (Aug., 350 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Maria C. Ferrer