London begins her Desperate Debutantes series as the popular Fairchild girls, Ava, Phoebe and Greer, discover their stepfather has absconded with their fortune and have to find a way to keep up their social and financial appearances.

Ava sets her sights on Jared Broderick, who's heir to a dukedom. One kiss seals their fate and their marriage. But after one night of passion, Jack rushes off to London. Ava plots to win him back, but it's learning how to hold his love that challenges her most.

London's sensitivity shines brightly. Within this lighthearted story of a husband-hunting socialite is a depth of perception that reaches out to readers, who will sympathize with Ava as she plans to marry well but finds true love is worth any risk. SENSUAL (Jun., 380 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin