THE NAKED DUKE
Following her father's dying request, Miss Sarah Hamilton of Philadelphia travels to England to meet her uncle. But a twist of fate finds her in the bed of James, the Duke of Alford. Unable to move the beautiful woman sleeping soundly in his bed, James strips down, lies next to her warmth and goes to sleep. When they are found, Sarah is compromised.
The independent-minded Sarah cannot believe that James would propose to a woman he's never met just because of society's rules. She'll not marry a stranger! But James will not take no for an answer and sets out to make the spirited "colonial" his own. This is a funny, delightful debut by a talented writer who knows how to blend passion, humor and the essence of the Regency period into a satisfying tale. SENSUAL (Feb., 350 pp., $3.99)