Brendan David Hampton, Earl of Northam, appears not to be interested in marriage. However, he is intrigued by the witty Lady Libby Penrose, whom he meets in the country while seeking a jewel thief.

When he and Libby are thrown together in the hunt for the Gentleman Thief, their undeniable attraction leads to unusual circumstances that push them into marriage. Libby has loved before and did not want to love again, but there is no way out of the wedding or the passion that erupts between them.

Readers who know Ms. Goodman for her action-packed romances will find the leisurely pacing here in keeping with the Regency atmosphere and necessary for setting up her new Compass Club series. Patient readers will ultimately be rewarded, however, with a poignant romance and a hint of mystery, as well as three more tales, which they can look forward to with happy anticipation. SENSUAL (Sep., 432 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin