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Victoria Vixen Fontaine is an English Scarlet OHara; she has men jumping through hoops to be near her. Within the first chapter, however, she is compromised with Sinclair Grafton, and must marry post haste to save her reputation.

As it turns out, Sinclair was a spy for the War Office during the recent Napoleonic wars. Now hes home, seeking the man who murdered his brother two years earlier, and he needs Victorias entre into society to observe his brothers old associates.

The hero and heroine are likable characters. Victoria is far more clever than her friends believe her, and Sinclair is far more noble than the rake he presents to society. However, the plot is a cliche, and while such plots often are, it means the presentation of the story has to be either that much more believable or imaginative. SENSUAL (Oct., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Michell Phifer