To the world Devlin Strathmore is a roue and a cad. In reality, he's a man bent on avenging his family's tragic death in a fire.

Elizabeth Carlise, his aunt's companion, sees only Devlin's mounting bills and disinterest in the aging lady's health. So she writes a letter that has him rushing to his aunt's side. Neither realizes each has played into her matchmaking scheme. Though furious with Elizabeth's ruse, Devlin admires her devotion to his aunt. Despite her sharp tongue, he's intrigued by Elizabeth's strength and passion. She finds it difficult to resist Devlin's charm and it's easy to see how they fall in love.

But before Devlin can be free to love, he will have his revenge on the notorious noblemen responsible for his parents' deaths. But will history repeat itself as Elizabeth faces down his enemies?

The devil certainly gets his due in this high-powered romantic suspense. With complex and engaging characters, Foley pushes this traditional romance to the edge. Intense emotions and great depth of poignancy enthrall from beginning to end. SENSUAL (May, 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin