MacMeans debuts with a scintillating take on the classic lessons-in-love theme. Her witty dialogue, sexy hero and delightfully intelligent heroine -who understands the value of a
well-rounded education - are sure
to garner her a wide readership.

Emma Brimley needs a teaching post at the Pettibone School for Young Ladies, so she makes one "error" on her application, changing the "Miss" to "Mrs." She has no idea that she'll be asked to explain the intimacies of marriage to her eager students. How can she discuss something she knows nothing about? That's where local rake and artist Nicholas Chambers - aka Lord Bedchambers - comes in. Emma agrees to pose for him if he'll answer questions about the birds and the bees.

Emma knows that playing with fire can get her burned, but she's sure she can outwit the libertine. However, numerous layers of clothing - she has to remove a piece each time he answers an inquiry - and clever repartee won't keep her safe. As Nicholas takes her on a sensual journey into her own heart, Emma fears she'll lose more than her clothes. But it's Nicholas who's undone by Emma's innocence, and when her portrait causes a sensation, he fears losing her more than anything else. (Berkley Sensation, Oct., 352 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin