Montrose Place is "the last bastion against the matchmakers of the ton" for the ex-government agents who make up the Bastion Club. Member Anthony Blake, Viscount Torrington, knows it's time to wed, but is determined to find his own wife. He never expects to meet the lovely lady standing over a dead body.

Alicia Pevesey wants nothing more than to see her sister married well and her younger brothers financially secure. She has been masquerading as "Mrs. Carrington," a widow, in order to escort her sister around the ton. But her ruse is about to be exposed by Ruskin, a blackmailer and traitor. Then, to her shock, the man turns up dead, and she's the one to find his body.

The mystery surrounding the murder and the passion between Alicia and Tony move forward at an escalating rate. Though he finds it hard to keep his mind and hands off Alicia, Tony suspects she might be involved with Ruskin's death. Laurens mixes plenty of sensuality into a thoroughly involving mystery and adds a cast of engaging characters that brings the Regency era to life. VERY SENSUAL (Oct., 464 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin