At his betrothal ball Dominick Saint George, Viscount Lyons, is caught seducing his fiance's innocent, adoring cousin, Anne Stewart. Though they are forced to wed, Dominick abandons his virgin bride on their wedding night only to return four years later determined to make her his wife.

Anne has never forgotten the shame of her hasty marriage nor the scandal it caused. She vows to continue her quiet, life, comforted by her friend, Patrick.

Though Anne resists Dominick's sensual games, she is tempted to rekindle the love she once felt for him. The tension sizzles around them and their heated repartee only inflames dormant passions. Betrayal, intrigue, surprising secrets and shocking revelations draw the lovers together to triumph over their enemies.

BEYOND SCANDAL smolders with repressed sexuality as Anne fights her attraction to Dominick. Master storyteller Brenda Joyce weaves threads of mystery, intrigue and passion into a tale that Gothic fans will relish (move over Victoria Holt!) and romance readers will devour. SENSUAL (Oct., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin