Again and again, Susan Johnson demonstrates why she is a Queen of Erotic Romance, playing into women's fantasies by bringing smart, sassy heroines and dangerous alpha heroes to life.

A blizzard forces Caroline Morrow to take shelter in a village inn when she runs into Lord Simon Blair. Caroline and Simon have a history together and seeing him looking as magnetic and handsome as ever sends shivers through Caroline. When their affair ended because of his infidelity, she was left with no choice but to marry. Her marriage ended in divorce and she is near destituteall because of Simon's actions.

They find amusement in a game of cards that ends in a night of shared passion and endless days of lovemaking. In the end, Caroline fears she will make the same mistake twice and flees to her position as a governess. But Simon wants her back and he is a man who gets what he wants.

Susan Johnson uses the "9-1/2 Weeks" fantasythat of a man and a woman locked away together and unleashing their secret longings, but eventually having to partto her advantage in her latest sexy story. Though this is not a new theme for her, readers will find that once more she seizes onto what they want and doesn't disappoint. VERY SENSUAL (May, 352 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin