The rich beauty, dark mystery and sensuality of the secluded mountainous region of Italy come to life as Christine Feehan tells the tale of aristocratic Isabella Vernaducci. To rescue her brother, Isabella faces off with the enigmatic Don Nicolai DeMarco in his palazzo.

The powerful Don agrees to save her brother's life in exchange for her hand in marriage. The Don's dark sexuality, golden mane of hair and deep secrets fascinate Isabella. Rumors say that evil has cursed his family, but surely her eyes are playing tricks on her when she sees a majestic lion where Nicolai had been standing. Isabella is determined to find out the truth behind the ancient curse and free the Don of the beast that torments his soul.

Christine Feehan is a magnificent storyteller. Her spitfire heroine, tormented hero, their dark and highly sexually charged relationship are so enthralling that I almost missed my bus stop because I was so engrossed in the story. One word of warning: don't start late at night or you'll still be reading at dawn. SENSUAL (Sep., 366 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill Brager