A SECRET LOVE, the fifth volume about the sensational, sensual Cynster men, is another sure-fire winner, as Gabriel Cynster meets his match in a lady with a dark secret.

For 11 years, Alathea Morwellon has managed the family estate for her well-meaning, but poor businessman father. Now she fears her father is being swindled but doesnt know whos behind the scheme.

There is only one person she can turn to for help, Gabriel Cynster, her childhood friend and nemesis. But he must never know who she is. Donning a disguise, she meets him secretly and when he agrees to help she is thrilled, but when he asks for his rewarda kissshe is undone.

Alathea wants to trap Gabriel into helping her, but she never intends to trap them in a sensual game filled with danger and passion, as they become partners in bed and out. Then Gabriel uncovers her charade and following the Cynster motto, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, he pursues Alathea for his bride with as much vigor as he does puts into unmasking the villain.

Theres lots of passionate, hot love scenes (including one with the characters relying on their senses, making love in total darkness), plenty of excitement (kidnappings), horrible villains and Ms. Laurenss special brand of wit to more than satisfy her fans and have them eager for the next Cynster. SENSUAL (Jul., 380 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin