The second installment in the acclaimed Russian series is another lusty journey into the realms of vintage Susan Johnson. This coveted title, first published in 1981, demonstrates Ms. Johnson's ability to sear the senses with her blazing, exotic and erotic sensuality, alpha hero and willful heroine. Let your imaginations soar with this old-fashioned and nonetheless "hotter than Hades" romance.

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, Zena Turkan begs Alexander Kurzan for help. Spoiled, sensual Alex believes the young woman wants nothing more than a night of passion and he brings Zena (along with her little brother) to his home.

Naive, innocent Zena is easily overwhelmed by Alex's erotic games and, though she fights to maintain her independence, is lured into his world of heated passions. Alex has no idea that he has compromised his father's friend's granddaughter.

When Zena flees Alex's sensual bonds she is captured by slavers who sell her to a wealthy prince. Alex finds his beloved and manages to rescue the drugged and sexually aroused Zena from her master's depravity.

But the road to love is littered with broken hearts. Zena tries to run from Alex and her grand passion for him, and he strives to forget his faithless wife, but they both discover they are slaves to their passions.

Get out those asbestos gloves and turn up the air conditioning because this is the famous "plum" of Susan Johnson's classics. Readers have clamored for its rerelease and, though not for the faint of heart or gentle reader, LOVESTORM is a storm of dark, searing sensuality that fairly sets the pages afire and readers' eyes alight with desire. SEXY (May, 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin