The Black Phoenix—the leader of a secret society dedicated to securing justice among the ton—summons Colonel Lord Marcus Cordell to expose a killer. To do so he must join forces with Lady Eve Halliday, one of the ton's fashionable women.

For reasons of her own, Eve despises Marcus, but she dare not defy the Black Phoenix, or the consequences could be dire. Clever, witty and an adventuress at heart, Eve tries to turn the tables on Marcus for revenge against the one she believes destroyed her life.

Posing as a betrothed couple, they follow a twisted trail, stalking the murderer through the ton's palatial estates. Their mission is dangerous, but so are the devious plans Eve has for Marcus—until the growing desire they feel for one another explodes into exquisite passion, making the game they play all the more hazardous.

Kerstan knows how to slowly build suspense and passion. She captures the era, her characters and the reader in a web so deliciously tangled you'll be thrilled to be caught. Top-notch storytelling. SENSUAL (Aug., 380 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin