Upon receiving the tattered and torn letter from her fianci, Arielle Gardiner knows she must sail for Nicaragua and find Caleb.

Seeking passage from Boston, Arielle can find one ship bound for Central America. Captain Stephen Lightenfield is determined not to take her with him. However, when the Lady Song sails, Stephen finds Arielle has secured passage from his first mate.

Thus begins Arielle and Stephens madcap adventure. Fighting her feelings for the enigmatic captain, Arielle is hard-pressed to remember she has a fianci. Stephen finds Arielle to be an irresistible little minx and though he claims hes not hero material he seems to be rescuing her time and again.

When they arrive in Nicaragua they find no word of Caleb. Arielle is positive he is in trouble. Stephen will not let her travel alone and they trek through the jungles succumbing at last to their feelings for one another. Will the lovers survive the war-torn land, dangerous rivers, erupting volcanoes, and the clutches of a madman?

Ms. Ferguson takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride packed with adventure. However, at times Stephen and Arielles motives seemed muddled and somewhat contrived. SENSUAL (Feb., 350 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Beth MacGregor