If pictures don't lie then she must be Selena Vale, the missing wife of the wealthy Noble Vale. But she has no memory of her name or her husband.

Selena arrives at Vale's Baltimore mansion to find out the truth. Nothing is familiar to her and everything she learns about herself just doesn't seem possible. Only her horrific nightmares seem real.

Noble arrives to find a Selena he doesn't know, but simply believes she has lost her memory. When the attraction between them grows and they make love, Noble knows this woman is not his wife, although she looks like her. His cold, mocking wife was not a virgin.

While the new Selena falls head over heels in love with Noble, she is plagued by the old Selena's past and her own.

Ms. Archer writes this romantic novel in the first person, adding an element of suspense to a well-written mystery and love story. Although some parts of the plot are predictable, the twists and turns will keep you turning the pages. SENSUAL (Feb., 351 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Evelyn Feiner