Julia of Childress runs the kitchen at the Convent of the Brides of Virtue. Her grand feasts bring a steady steam of hungry pilgrims to the convent, among them Griffin, the "Beast of Grandaise."

Griffin bargains with the abbess to obtain Julia's services for one year. Though the abbess plans for Julia to take vows, Julia yearns for a family and a kitchen of her own. Leaving the convent is a dream come true. Griffin is enchanted by Julia and her delicious-smelling dinners. But his powerful sense of smell could unleash his inner beast. He won't allow Julia to break down his defenses—until she is endangered because of his past.

Krahn gives the adage "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach" a whole new meaning in this utterly enchanting, heartwarming keeper. With her unique talent for blending humor, poignancy and unforgettable characters, Krahn sets a sumptuous banquet for readers to devour with relish. This book will whet your appetite for more of her smart and sexy romances. SENSUAL (May, 336 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin