One of the Regency genres premier talents turns her hand to historical romance, in stylish fashion, as a handsome earl loses his heart to a fiery lady.

It is a shocking stratagem, but given that her stepdaughters safety is at stake, Lady Catheryn Brockton can see no other way than to agree to her ailing husbands desperate plan. Knowing that he is near death, the only way he can prevent his unscrupulous nephew from seizing control of both family and estate is for Cat to bear an heir, regardless of who the father may be.

Thus a daring scheme is set in motion. Cat seduces a notorious rake, Lord Stephen Jonathan Wrexley, Earl of Rockholme, on the eve of his departure for the peninsula. All goes as expected except that, in one night, she has lost her heart to a man she must never see again.

However, Rockholme has never forgotten that night. A changed man since his military experience, he is determined to find the one woman capable of holding his heart. Upon discovering her true identity, he forces the lovely widow to be his bride. But is there a real chance of happiness for them?

Ms. Overfield elegantly crafts an irresistible romance between two appealing lovers, handling a tricky plotline with ease and grace. Add to that fiery hot passion, and you have the very best of reading. SENSUAL. (Jan., 286 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer