Artifact restorer Daphne Wade's secret guilty pleasure is watching her bare-chested employer, Anthony Courtland, working on an excavation of a Roman villa on his estate.
Anthony takes little notice of the plain woman he hired to restore his treasures, until his sister decides to help Daphne find a husband. Suddenly faced with losing Daphne and her skills, Anthony embarks upon a plan to convince her to stay. He barters dance lessons for weeks of work and love lessons for more time.
As a vibrant Daphne emerges from her cocoon, she surprises herself and Anthony, and now there is no way he's going to let this stunning woman get away. Cinderella added to My Fair Lady, GUILTY PLEASURES is a must-read. The verbal duels between Daphne and Anthony sparkle with wit and cleverness. The ugly-duckling-turned-swan theme tugs at the heart, and the developing sexual tension that's ignited from Daphne's transformation adds sizzle. Delicious and, yes, a guilty pleasure to savor. SENSUAL (Feb., 384 pp., $5.99)