Left penniless by her fathers death, Juliette Broussand is ecstatic when her godfather, Max Hollinsworth, takes her from the convent to his home. She is stunned to discover that Max expects her to marry his son in order to gain control of her inheritance, Belle Jarod. Juliette wants to restore the plantation and keep her freedom.
Chantz Boudreaux, Maxs illegitimate son and plantation foreman, has dreams of his own. He is indispensable to Max until the night he pulls a naked Juliette from the Mississippi.
From that moment, their lives are enmeshed. Their immediate attraction puts all their plans in turmoil and sets a tangled web of heated desire, old rivalries, past secrets and murderous plots into play. Their overwhelming and forbidden passion burns like a fever in the blood. As they work together to revive Belle Jarod and struggle with betrayal and a yellow fever plague, they also forge a love too strong to perish.
The searing power of the love story and the sheer intensity of emotion in Ms. Sutcliffes writing are awe-inspiring. Dark and sensual, deep and emotional, FEVER will burn in your mind and heart for a long while. Not for the reader seeking light entertainment, FEVER is for those who cherish a meaty read and long to be drawn into another time and place, a lush backdrop and a rich romance. A keeper on my shelf and one more memorable Katherine Sutcliffe read. SENSUAL (Jul., 450 pp., $6.99)