Remember the story of long-nosed Cyrano de Bergerac or the Steve Martin film Roxanne? Then youre ready for Linda Jones charming twist on a classic romance.

Severely scarred from injuries he received during the Civil War, Sheriff Cyrus Bergeron knows he should leave Paris, Texas, but he cant. His long-ago love for Roxanne Robinette, as well as his promise to her late husband, keep him in town. Cyrus cant forget the sweet childhood love they shared, but he believes beautiful Roxanne could never love a man as ugly as he has become.

Roxanne is ready to begin life again, never forgetting her husband or their love, but ready to start a family and when she asks Cyrus for his help, she thinks he will see its him shes talking about. Instead Cyrus decides to matchmake Roxanne with his handsome new deputy Calvin Newbury.

What follows is the classic tale as the handsome-but-not-articulate Calvin gets advice and words straight from the heart of Cyrus as he woos and seduces Roxanne. But of course things spiral out of control only to catch all of them off-guard until the love wins out.

Linda Jones knows how to make an old story new with fresh twists, new locales and that special sense of humor that makes each of her books shineenjoy and smile while reading THE SEDUCTION OF ROXANNE. SENSUAL (Feb., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin