For Ian, Earl of Marden, pistols at dawn are not the way to start the day, especially when one hasn't eaten breakfast.

When his opponent, Lord Paige, fires prematurely, Ian shoots toward the trees, instead of aiming at the cowardly cabbagehead. Unfortunately, his shot accidentally hits young Troy Renslow.

Ian falls into a conundrum when he brings Troy's sister Athena to his house to care for her brother. At first he thinks Athena is a child, but Ian soon discovers that she is a petite woman—and this Venus is in his home sans chaperone.

Ian is determined to do the right thing and marry her. But the unsophisticated Athena is not so sure about marry-ing the handsome rake. And what will happen when Athena discovers that he was the one who shot her brother? Or did he?

Metzger knows how to create just the right amount of laughter and villainous mayhem in this captivating, delicious bumble broth of a read. SENSUAL (Feb., 343 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond