Ryan Donally and Rachel Bailey were friends as children--both brilliant, determined and passionate. Years later, Rachel has achieved success running an engineering firm and Ryan is a wealthy manufacturer and her rival.

As a woman, Rachel sees Ryan as the man of her dreams who tempts her to forget their business rivalry. She needs what he gives her as an engineer and as a man, but is she willing to risk her pride and her dark secret to win the man she has always loved?

Thomas (aka Laura Renken) uses the backdrop of the industrial age and women's rights to propel her powerful story forward. Modern-day readers will empathize with Rachel's determination to make it in a man's world. The strength of the characters and their intense emotions add just the right amount of depth to a potent story. SENSUAL (Sep., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin