The final installment in Krista Janssen's lively and original "Skye Trilogy" sweeps us all from sultry antebellum Louisiana to the pirate strongholds of Tangiers and the rustic beauty of the Isle of Skye with a tale of two headstrong, passionate lovers.

Laurel Caldwell is no simpering Southern miss. She's dynamic, stubborn, anti-slavery and determined to return to her cousin's homeland and rebuild the family castle in Skye. Then she's captured by a renegade pirate whose will matches her own.

Cheyne Sinclair is a man without a birthright or a country. Bastard by birth, raised by Jean Lafitte, now on his own in his fight against slavery, he is a man with a mission. But when he commandeers Laurel's ship he finds himself face to face with the woman who has haunted his dreams for years. They met as children and then danced at a masquerade ball, never knowing that fate would throw them together for the adventure and the love of a lifetime.

Drawn to her like a moth to the flame, Cheyne marries her and then abandons her to go on to Skye without him. Yet together they are embroiled in a vicious scheme of vengeance.

The action never stops as Krista Janssen takes readers on a wild and stormy ride with two of her most delicious characters. Even if you've missed the other books in the series (shame on you), you'll delight in this tale of daring and passion from a real talent of the genre. SENSUAL (Nov. 340 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin