It's an ideal arrangement: He needs a wife to keep his cavalry commission, and she needs a husband to satisfy her mother. Griffin, Viscount Abernathy and Lady Alyssa Carrollton are well-matched.

The only fly in the ointment is Griffin's vow to the Free Fellows League, a group of young noblemen who pledge to marry only if there is no alternative and to never fall in love with their wives.

The honeymoon is perfect, yet Griffin still fights his feelings for Alyssa. He is relieved to leave for the war before he falls head over heels for her. But when he returns, burdened by survivor's guilt, the only remaining Free Fellow discovers he needs the love of his wife.

This tightly written novel is well-crafted and has strong characters. Alternating scenes of tenderness and sizzle will have readers reaching for their hanky one moment and wiggling in their seat the next. As always, Lee touches the right chords in her readers. SENSUAL (Aug., 336 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin