Bringing her immensely popular Fallen Angels quartet to a glorious conclusion, the extraordinary Mary Jo Putney adds another sparkling jewel to her crown of excellence with this mesmerizing adventure of the heart.

They are first drawn to each other on the bloody plains of Salamanca where Lord Michael Kenyon lies severely wounded. But the beautiful Catherine Melbourne is a fellow officer's wife, and so the recuperating Michael becomes the friend she so desperately needs as she follows the drum all the way to Waterloo. All the rules change, however, when her spendthrift husband dies and leaves her and their daughter penniless.

The timing could not possibly be worse. Catherine is in urgent need of a live husband to claim the inheritance promised to her by her estranged grandfather. All she has to do is show up on the Island of Skoal as a married lady, and all her troubles will be over.

And so she and Michael embark on a daring masquerade, little realizing that their fate will be sealed in electrifying fashion in a desperate fight for their lives on a lonely little isle.

An intelligent reader's delight, Ms. Putney creates a darkly erotic and searingly sensual love story that dazzles the senses. Romance just doesn't get any better than this! SENSUAL (Feb., 380 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer