Deborah Percival is usually obedient and practical, but when her family insists she marry the vicar and care for his six children, she shrinks from the idea and decides to go to London for a while.

Anthony Aldercy, the Earl of Burnell, wants nothing more than to fix his tarnished reputation, so he agrees to marry a young woman of good family who will place him firmly within the ton.

But a storm brings Deborah and Tony, seeking shelter, to the same home, and there is no denying the immediate sensual attraction between them. After one night, he offers to make her his mistress, but Deborah cannot be Tony's kept woman and she leaves without a trace.

Desperate, Tony vows to search London to find her and find a way for them to be together. The quite charming twists of plot that allow Tony and Deborah to find happiness will surely delight readers, but the highly sensual romance throughout is a delicious treat that will stir your blood. You'll be as tempted as the forthright Deborah to fall in love with Tony and see that misbehaving can have its rewards, especially in a tale penned by the always original and always enchanting Ms. Maxwell. SENSUAL (Jul., 380 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin