This is the second romance in a worthy trilogy featuring three survivors of the Titanic. Loretta Linden has taken her place in San Francisco society, spending her time with modern political causes and working to help the poor.

One of her soup kitchen's patrons brings her into sudden and very physical contact with Malachai Quarles, sea captain and treasure hunter, with a touch of pirate thrown in for good measure. Some treasure that Malachai recovered has been stolen, and two of his seaman kidnapped, so he comes looking for his sailor at the soup kitchen. Combat with liberated, tenderhearted Loretta intrigues him, calling to his longing to have a home port at last.

Loretta knows immediately who's guilty of stealing the treasure, but Malachai isn't convinced. Her comic antics to gather proof eventually win his support and his love.

Robins (also known as Alice Duncan and Emma Craig) weaves a good deal of sexual tension into this novel of manners, proving that with a skillful pen, the underlying innocence of a historic era can be fully entertaining. SENSUAL (Nov., 352 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger