Death hangs like a curse over Lucien St. Aubyn's life as all the people close to him suffer mysterious deaths. Rumors fly, including one that says he killed his brother, but Lucien is also reputed to be England's greatest rake, and his sites are set on seducing independent Elizabeth Montclair.

Elizabeth has little use for a marriage without love and less for the infuriating St. Aubyn. But when she is caught in a compromising situation, she is trapped into marrying the rogue.

The sensual sparks that fly between them are as palpable as their dislike for one another. Their loathe/love relationship heats up to explosive points and the sharp and often bawdy repartee only adds to the fire and sexual tension that Britton builds so well.

Though it is great fun to see how these "enemies" bring out the best in one another as they are drawn into a passionate love, it is the strong emotions that are explored when disaster strikes—Lucien is accused of another murder—that stir an intensity that touches our souls. Pamela Britton is well on her way to stardom. VERY SENSUAL (Apr., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin