Gabriel Cristobel, the Condor, sails the seas fighting the French and English. He is on the island of Martinique to find his sister and the Englishman she married when he encounters Lady Sarah Drake being abducted by outlaws.

Sarah knows of Gabriel's reputation, but he has saved her from harm so when the priest at the convent—where she is waiting to take her vows—suggests they marry for her protection, Sarah reluctantly agrees.

He weds Sarah, though he has no use for her English family, who have historically tangled with his own, but he is gallant and captivated by the lovely Sarah.

As the many intricate and complex threads of their pasts are drawn into the present, they discover a powerful love. Yet is their new passion able to withstand the plans of a ruthless villain, the one who caused Sarah's blindness? Is it powerful enough to withstand old betrayals, ancient hatreds and different politics?

The complexities of the plot, the mounting sexual tension, searing love scenes and marvelously crafted characters are exactly what readers have come to expect from Ms. Renken and this exciting series. For action, adventure, thought-provoking plots and sizzling sensuality, few new authors can beat Laura Renken. She's well on her way to becoming a star. SENSUAL (Jul., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin