Only intellect rules Grayson Westcott, Marquis of Wroth, until a charming lady dressed as an urchin shoots him. Kate Courtland had no choice but to force the powerful Wroth into marrying her sister. Once she and Lucy lived a gracious life, but now they have been reduced to poverty and with Lucy's life and happiness at stake, Kate demands he wed her sister, his lover.
Gray doesn't know Lucy, and when the gun goes off, he's shocked to realize he's been wounded. Accidentally shooting the Marquis was not part of her plan and Kate must bring him home and nurse him back to health. When Lucy says he is not the man she loves, Gray finds himself in an unusual situation. He feels responsible for the young ladies and intends to discover who used his name to seduce young women. Gray is also intrigued by Kate and plans to win this independent lady's heart. Forced marriage, jealousy, pride, blackmail and a villain's schemes thrust Kate and Gray into a romance neither believed possible and that defies all propriety.
Deborah Simmons' utterly delightful and charming light romance is a sweet and steamy little confection that is sure to charm Regency readers. SENSUAL (June, 350 pp., $4.99)