The multitalented Michaels showcases her knowledge of history and gift for creative storytelling in a vibrant romance that merges actual historical personages and fictional characters.

When Prinny becomes king, his long-estranged wife, Princess Caroline, returns to England, planning to become queen. But Prinny will divorce her before making her queen.

Perry Shepherd, Earl of Brentwood, is sent to spy on the princess' household. Loyal to the crown, Perry is uneasily drawn into her "family" and to her lady-in-waiting, Amelia Fredericks.

As Perry grows more comfortable in his role, he learns about the princess as a woman, mother and spurned wife. His sympathies shift as his passion for the quick-witted, loyal, loving Amelia grows, until he is caught between his mission and his love.

Brimming with historical details and characters ranging from royalty to spies, greedy servants to a jealous woman, this tale is told with panache and wit. SENSUAL (Mar., 350 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin