Amanda Quick puts her tried and true plot and delightful characters in another Regency romp, designed to satisfy her legions of fans and become her 12th bestseller.

Independent bluestocking Imogene Waterstone is determined to ruin the man she believes murdered her dearest friend, but for the first time in her life, she needs a man. Not just any man, but Matthias Marshall, the Earl of Colchester (aka Coldhearted Colchester).

Imogene has long admired the daring explorer who, like her father, is an expert on the ancient civilization of Zamar. Imogene blackmails Matthias into aiding her scheme, demanding that he pose as her fianc to ensnare the killer with the lure of a treasure map.

The one thing practical Imogene never expects is to fall in love with Matthias. She might willingly endanger her life, but never her heart. However, complications turn their charade into a real marriage, and as danger mounts, so do their passions.

Like an accomplished Gothic novelist, Amanda Quick draws readers into a tangled web leading to a surprising, dangerous and electrifying conclusion.

With her usual fine wit, clever plotting, delightfully independent heroine and Alpha hero, Amanda Quick makes charming mischief all to the amusement and enjoyment and pleasure of her readers. Be captivated by this accomplished writer again. SENSUAL (July, 384 pp., $22.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin