A premonition that his step-father is about to die sends Clayton Cordell rushing home in the fall of 1784. But his best friend, Amber's father, dies instead. Clay promises to guard Amber from whoever is trying to murder her.

An unfortunate incident occurred between a young Amber and Clay before he sailed on the pirate ship Black Wind. She may have loved him when she was a child/woman, but she no longer wants him to dominate her life.

After additional murder attempts, she accepts Clay's protection. Someone in her circle of friends and family definitely wants her dead.

Although Amber's captivity sometimes seems overly prolonged, the suspense builds nicely with brisk sexual tension. Sue Rich plays the secrets of her characters' pasts against the mysteries of their present with devastating effect in this pleasant, enjoyable read. SENSUAL (March, 350 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger