In this delightful novel, Stephanie Laurens reveals the beginning of the Cynsters dynasty with a sweet kiss between two people destined to fall for one another.

One snowy Christmas Eve, young Helena is in the convent garden when a handsome stranger sneaks into the sanctuary and steals a kiss. The promise within the sweet touch of that forbidden kiss lingers in Helenas mind for many years.

Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ivesrakehell, rogue, and the tons most sought-after bachelorhas always remembered the kiss of the lovely young lady he met on one of his escapades. The moment the French beauty enters the ballroom he recognizes her and determines to have her.

Helena continually places obstacles in Sebastians way, even as she secretly yearns for him. She is determined to resist him because he cant be the man shes destined to marry.

As Sebastian tries to seduce Helena and she strives to deny her attraction, neither is aware of the sinister forces pushing them together.

This is a wonderful and enchanting tale of a love that would not be denied, of a stubborn woman and an equally determined man whose battle of wills and sensual games will heat up readers nights. Ms. Laurens sweeps us into a grand romance tinged with mystery and brought to the boiling point with slowly rising sexual tensionthough not her usual steamy, hot, hot, hot sensuality. This is truly a holiday gift from Ms. Laurens to all her fans. SENSUAL (Dec., 292 pp., $18.00)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin