Can a leopard change his spots, or at least convince the lady that he has?

When the notorious rogue and legendary lover Jack Fitz-James, the Marquis of Redvers, literally bumps into Venus Duras, he decides he has to have her. But she has heard all of the gossip surrounding Jack and refuses himsomething that has never happened to Jack before.

The gossip that follows their encounter is nothing compared to what ensues; matchmaking, wagers and good-natured meddling add spice to Jack and Venuss sensual cat-and-mouse game.

Venus wants passion without marriage. It should be a perfect arrangement, but shes independent, bold, brazen and as sensual as Jack, which throws him off guard.

Falling in love changes everything. Now these very stubborn people must learn how to turn lust into love, mistrust into trust and forget the past.

With wry humor and a great understanding of human nature, Susan Johnson pens a short, light and utterly delicious read. Her hallmark sensuality and rich historical detail allow you to immerse yourself in a fantasy that sizzles. VERY SENSUAL (May, 288 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin