The proud, rebellious daughter of a wealthy planter, Sapphire discovers she's really the child of her mother's first husband, the Earl of Wessex, and will be traveling to London to take her place in society. She arrives in England to find her father has died and the new earl is American shipping magnate Blake Thixton.

Blake believes the beautiful young woman is a fraud, but he's attracted by her fiery spirit. Angry at her for using her beauty to win protectors, Blake abducts Sapphire and makes her his mistress. But taming this hellion is more trouble than anything Blake has experienced.

This is the sort of story Rogers writes best -- with an exotic, adventurous heroine, an alpha hero and a clash of wills that explodes like fireworks. It's the kind of classic romance that started the genre and will always have a place in readers' hearts. The slower pacing, gradual building of sexual tension and heated verbal battles never lose their allure, and neither will Rogers. SENSUAL (Dec., 400 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin