Margaret (Meg) Stanton-Lynch becomes aware of the man standing in the back of the church at her cousin's wedding when everyone keeps turning around. Being a forthright American, she initiates their meeting at the reception, but she doesn't learn his name until later.

The Earl of Rathmore, Justin St. James, was exiled from England following the rumors that he murdered his brother's fiancée. He has returned to inherit his title and clear his name.

It seems that Meg has a way with Justin's adolescent niece, Emily, and he enlists her help in caring for the girl—but not purely for altruistic reasons. Justin finds himself attracted to the outspoken American.

Meg loves a good mystery, so she decides to help him clear his name—and does so with gusto, stolen kisses and passionate lovemaking.

The road to true love should be smooth once the true killer is found, but Meg must search her soul before she can find true love.

Two strong, independent characters are the focal point of this romance, and it's a delight to watch them emerge from the pages. The cast of secondary characters adds greater depth to their love story. SENSUAL (Mar., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Evelyn Feiner