Steve Ryan is making a new life for himself living in the Yucatan jungle. Considered a "holy man" by the natives, all he prays for is a woman who is beautiful, independent and willing. The gods deliver her in the form of Eden Miller, a member of an archeological expedition searching for the Throne of the Jaguar.

Eden, the lone survivor of a massacre, needs Steve to lead her out of the jungle. Steve refuses since civilization means jail for him. An uneasy truce exists between them as they learn about each other, survival and their mutual passion.

Eden is shocked to discover that her husband, Collin, has survived the attack and has managed to find her. He convinces Eden to continue their expedition and only when world-renowned archaeologist John Carter arrives does Steve agree to help find Eden and the other explorers.

Steve's instincts tell him something is not right. Through cunning, guile and the blessings of the gods, Steve manages to rescue the archeologists from a hostile tribe, but danger stalks them.

Virginia Brown has written a compelling novel set in an exotic locale. Seething with danger and passion, this story of everlasting love is filled with fascinating archeological facts. SENSUAL (Dec., 400 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Evelyn Feiner