Lord Harry's easygoing life is in for a drastic change. With the accidental deaths of his father and brother, he inherits the title of Duke of Sommersvile, along with a shabby mansion and a debt-ridden estate.

Needing her dowry, Harry has no alternative but to marry his betrothed, Lady Christina Malcolm Childe. Beautiful and impish, Christina also has the Malcolm family gift: She reads auras and can see ghosts.

Christina leads Harry on a merry chase when she denies him the marriage bed; she wants him to court her and love her for who she is. And she is determined to get her charming, laughing Harry back, because his aura is turning a dismal black.

Enchanted with her new home, Christina, with the help of a mischievous old shade, looks for the cause of the estate's money problems. Terror strikes Harry when accidents befall her, though. Who would want to kill his bewitching wife? And were the deaths of his father and brothers really accidental?

Extremely capable storyteller Rice bewitches, beguiles and tickles your fancy as Harry and Christina discover that love is truly a magic moment in this fast-paced, sensual romance. SENSUAL (Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond