Proud patriot and daring rebel Nina Evans, leader of a group of urchins, steals the keys to a storage warehouse from British officer Damian Knox without a thought to her own safety.

When Damian catches the little thief he's not quite sure what to do with her. His gentleness and kindness stun Nina and though he lets her go, her suspicions remain.

When Damian rescues Nina from certain death, however, she finds she is drawn to trust him, but how can she, when the man who stole her mother from her father and abandoned her as a small child is Damian's adopted father?

Branded a whore by the patriots, Nina is caught between her determination to see America free and her growing passion. Damian vows to keep her safe, but when he tells her he knows her true identity, she believes he has betrayed her and runs back home.

Three years later Damian returns to Philadelphia and once more he and Nina must face their passion.

Nina is ready to marry another when Damian arrives. Her father's violent anger at her "betrayal" forces Nina to flee or die. She and Damian face many more hardships before they are able to reclaim their love.

If you love American history then you'll delight in this fast-paced adventure. Stobie Piel merges real historical characters and events with her hero and heroine's lives. A treat for history buffs and romance readers alike. SENSUAL (Jan., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin