This adventure-packed tale overflows with the heated sensuality that's Johnson's hallmark. Her fans will be thrilled to find a hero who's reminiscent of her fabled "Russians" and a strong-willed heroine. This is what we read Johnson for.

While war rages around them, British agent Hugh D'Abernon, the Marquis of Darley, meets Aurore Clement as she travels to Sevastapol to bring her wounded brother home. She's on a mission to secure information for the French.

Darley tells Aurore that he's Gazi Maksound, a trader. Their attraction is immediate, and when the opportunity arises, they seize it and make love all night. But when they're caught spying, they must run for their lives. Temporarily safe in Paris, Darley is haunted by the past. He'll have to learn to trust in his feelings for Aurore if he wants to find happiness. (Brava, Mar., 320 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Brager