Laurens makes sure that each member of The Bastion Club, a group of men in service to the Crown, discovers something infinitely more dangerous than espionage--the intricacies of a woman's heart.

After almost being trapped into marriage, Jack, Baron Warnefleet, flees to Cornwall, where he meets Lady Clarice Alwood, an intelligent hellion who tries his patience and ignites his passions.

Clarice has scandalized society and is "banished" to the country to live with her cousin, the vicar. There she enjoys the freedom away from the ton's rules and doesn't want Jack meddling in her life.

But the couple comes upon a coaching accident, which draws them into a mystery that endangers Clarice's cousin's position as well as their lives. Together, Jack and Clarice must lure out a traitor and save an innocent man's reputation. But can they save themselves from falling in love?

With each tale of this series, Laurens reaches higher, perfectly merging excitement, suspense and sizzling passion. She knows how to set fire to the pages with a nonstop romance, placing her at the top of many readers' lists. SENSUAL (Sep., 464 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin