Emma Jensen's debut historical Regency romance is a sparkling gem in the tradition of those marvelous tales of dark heroes and strong women la Mary Balogh and Mary Jo Putney.

During the war with Napoleon, Nathan Oriel was one of the notorious Ten, a band of master spies. Someone has been systematically murdering them and since he was wounded in an attack in the Peninsula, Nathan has been living in isolation in Scotland.

When Isobel MacLeod discovers that her father has "appropriated" some of Nathan's gold, she tries to return the ill-gotten gains and finds herself trapped by him and forced to act as his secretary.

Isobel admits that she is too smart and not beautiful, but she meets Nathan's needs. He blackmails her, compelling her to go with him to London and even propels her into marriage when she suspects the true nature of his injury; his eyesight has been ruined.

Isobel is passionate, strong-willed and devoted, and only Nathan can awaken her hidden passion. Together they become a formidable team as they embark on a plan to unmask the killer before they become his next victims.

Once you start ENTWINED you will not want to stop. The pace, marvelous characters, mystery and romance propel you forward, capturing your attention. Ms. Jensen's first attempt at a longer and more complex tale suggests she is well on the way to becoming a star. SENSUAL (Nov., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin