Milliners assistant Jane Inglebys accidental interference in a duel between the Duke of Tresham and Lord Oliver results in Tresham being wounded and Jane being late for work.

When she is fired, Jane goes to Tresham for help to regain her position. Instead, he hires her as his nurse. Its her fault he is lying in bed with a leg wound so he decides she should be the one to put up with his vile temper while he recuperates.

His clever plan to make her life miserable fails as they get acquainted and he discovers her intelligence, spirit and inner passion. But Jane is hiding a secretone Tresham discovers when he realizes that she is too much a lady to be a simple working girl.

With Bow Street Runners hot on her trail, Tresham must find a way to prove Jane innocent of murder.

Mary Balogh reaffirms her place as an extraordinary star of the Regency genre. Her intelligent characters, who manage to cleverly find their way out of danger, gain our respect. Then she adds intrigue, romance and a fast pace to give us a book we wont be able to put down. SENSUAL (Jun., 400 pp., $4.99—Hardcover published September 2000)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin