Always the obedient daughter, Claudia Prattley agrees to enter a loveless marriage to please her father. But first she must tell Derrick Middleton, the owner of the broadsheet for which she writes, that she must quit.

Derrick is fascinated by Claudia. Her artist's eye has made his paper popular, and he's not about to lose his ticket to saving his business just because she's married. He decides to court her himself, woo her away from her betrothed and keep his columnist. Derrick is in for a surprise as he learns how a sweetnatured, intelligent woman can make his cynical heart race with passion.

It's up to Derrick to prove to Claudia that she is a beautiful, desirable woman, and the way he does this makes Courting Claudia pure pleasure. Though it sparkles with wit, there is just enough poignancy in this book to bring a tear or two to your eye and a smile to your heart. Don't miss this debut. SENSUAL (Aug., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin