Lucas Hawthorne, owner of the infamous gentlemans club, Nightingales Gate, has spent his life snubbing powerful families like his own. He blatantly rebels against societys rules and seems to rub his well-known fathers nose in his exploits.

But now Lucas is in real trouble, accused of viciously murdering prostitutes. He is appointed the district attorneys daughter, Alice Kendall, as his lawyer.

Alices knowledge of the law is exceptional, but her knowledge of the world and men is another matter. She is prepared to defend Lucas, but ill-prepared to handle her feelings for the charming, sensual man.

As Alice works on her defense, Lucas is faced with old fears and dark secrets that he has never revealed to anyone; secrets about his father, a woman and a ring that could help his case but shock everyone in Boston.

Linda Frances Lee delves into the deepest recesses of the heart and looks carefully at the relationships between parent and child, husband and wife, brothers and men and women. It is her remarkable ability to search out these relationships and their emotional power that help her stories to rise above the ordinary. The evocative story concludes with a tension-building climax reminiscent of the 1985 film Jagged Edge starring Glenn Close. Readers will find NIGHTINGALES GATE a romantic mystery with a twist that captures the heart. SENSUAL (Jun., 352 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin