As an earl's granddaughter, Miranda Cameron is expected to marry and help her sisters enter society. But her upbringing in the American wilderness and a youthful indiscretion have convinced Miranda that she is not marriage material. Yet she will fulfill her mother's last wish and travel to the British isles to meet a husband.

The son of a British general and a Shoshone woman, Alex Hadden thumbs his nose at the ton while he pillages ships and gains a fortune. He realizes he has never forgotten his youthful love, Miranda, when he captures her ship. Miranda should be in tears when the devilish privateer takes her "captive," but she has more anger than fear. With her emotions in turmoil, she discovers that she is still in love with Alex and is willing to risk scandal for him.

Talented storyteller Maxwell brings these extraordinary characters together in a delightful, sensual, "deep sigh" romance. A book to read and reread just for the sheer pleasure, this swash-and-buckle Regency delivers a passionate love story with humor and pathos. SENSUAL (Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin