Working as a scullery maid, Marie-Laure never expects to run into the smuggler of banned books who once fell ill in her father's bookstore.

Joseph has not forgotten the girl with the ink-stained fingers and a passion for books. When he discovers she is the latest object of his father's lust, Joseph plots to make her his mistress and save her from his debauched family.

Their nights of talking and reading turn into nights of incredible passion. But the revolution looms, and the lovers are caught in a web of betrayal, deceit and murder.

Erotic, tantalizing and brimming with historical details and personages, this novel is an irresistible read, and even more—it's a love story about people who love books nearly as much as each other. It is this love that made me really enjoy this sexy, tender, touching novel. VERY SENSUAL (Jan., 324 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin