There's a first time for everything, including falling in love. It was the first time Lady Blythe Christian forgot the pain of being jilted. It was the first time Devlin Ryland felt something other than the guilt he'd been harboring for being a sharpshooter during the war.

Blythe should be mad at Devlin—he saved her fiancé's life so he could go off and find another to love. Instead, she finds him charming and wonderful.

Devlin finds Blythe intelligent, beautiful, headstrong and marvelous. It seems they are made for one another, but getting them to see they are in love is not an easy task for their friends and family. More importantly, it is the ability to forgive others and oneself that must come before there can be a true feeling of peace.

Smith's ability to bring great depth of emotion to a delightfully romantic story elevates FOR THE FIRST TIME to another level. This is romance with heart, power and the capacity to reach out and touch readers' emotions. SENSUAL (Oct., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin