Lady Jane Wentworth has long held a tendre for Lord Quentin Somerville. But shy Jane is not competition for her bold, vivacious older sister Clarissa who attracts men like flowers attract bees.

Quentin and his roguish friends plot to have Quentin found in a compromising situation with Clarissa at a masquerade ball, thus forcing them to wed to save her reputation. But it turns out to be Jane behind the mask, not the coveted Clarissa. Believing himself duped, Quentin is angry when his father demands he marry Jane.

Banished to Quentins country estate, Jane is left to her own devices until Quentins father intervenes, compelling Quentin to seek out his wife and discover the treasure of a woman he has wed and then win her love.

Readers will find this a traditional Regency romance with strong characters and a powerful psychological sub-plot. Ms. Cullen once again displays her talent for crafting a fine, enjoyable tale. SENSUAL (Feb., 350 pp., $3.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin