The gardens of Emerald Manor are the favorite haunt of Brandi Townsend, who can out-shoot, out-fish and out-ride her older childhood playmate, Quentin Steel.

When Quentin returns from the Napoleonic Wars, Brandi makes it her task to show him that their childhood friendship has turned to love.

As a career military officer, Quentin believes he has nothing to offer Brandi. Quentin's older brother, Desmond, however, not only wants the title, but Brandi as well, who is wealthy after an accident claims both her parents and Quentin's. The lovers try to uncover Desmond's guilty secret and the truth behind the suspicious deaths.

Ms. Kane has created a charming tomboyish heroine with a gift for repartee and a noble hero who adores her. Though the reader is privy to the dark secrets of the mystery long before Brandi and Quentin, the progression of their passion will engross the reader as the plot unfolds. SENSUAL (Jan., 350 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Michell Phifer