Diego de Aguirre knows he cannot follow in his brother Rafael's footsteps, and therefore he becomes the opposite, a perfect wastrel. But beneath his playboy exterior lies the heart and soul of a caring and compassionate man.

When trouble comes to the Tewa Pueblo, Diego dons the enigmatic mask of "The Renegade" to save the community. Complicating his masquerade is the arrival of a highly curious photographer Melanie Ann Muessen.

Melanie wants to continue her father's work and take photographs of people in their natural setting. She meets Diego as himself, but it is the Renegade she attempts to seduce. Diego is in the unenviable position of being jealous of himself. At the same time, Diego and Melanie try to discover what Clayton Bradford wants with the Pueblo and what kind of a hold Bradford has over Rafael. As Melanie, Diego, the Renegade and the townspeople work together to save their Pueblo, Melanie and Diego must also find their true destinies. Ms. Piel's second book about the Renegade is as action-packed as her first, bringing back characters and adding new villains. This tale is filled with humor, tenderness, introspection and plenty of passion. On a cold winter's night, THE RENEGADE'S HEART will warm you up. SENSUAL (Feb., 391 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Evelyn Feiner