After his wife betrayed him with another man, Duncan McLeod left the Isle of Skye and joined the Mounties. Being assigned to the Yukon Territory during the Gold Rush is to his liking, and everything would be perfect except for the arrival of headstrong, impulsive Samantha.
A fledgling journalist, Samantha is out to prove herself. She convinces her best friend and the newspaper's photographer to accompany her while she investigates rumors of missing gold.
Caught in an avalanche, Duncan rescues the both of them and for the first time in 15 years, his curiosity and sexuality is aroused. Duncan struggles to push away his feelings, but Samantha makes it impossible since she is always around and begs him to help her try new and dangerous things (like riding the rapids).
As she has shown time and again, Kathryn Fox knows the history of the Mounties: the officers' mindset, the dangers they faced and the savage territory they inhabited. She also knows the workings of the heart. The unsinkable Samantha and the noble Duncan are a mismatched pair and it is delightful to watch Duncan cave under Samantha's onslaught. The sharp repartee and charming characters turn this tale into a poignant love story as well as an exhilarating adventure/mystery. SENSUAL (Mar., 350 pp., $5.99)