Spinster schoolteacher Frances Allard is on her way to Bath when she's caught in a snowstorm and rescued by Lucius Marshall, Viscount Sinclair, a man she finds arrogant and much too handsome for his own good.

Seeking shelter in an abandoned inn, this mismatched pair is somehow caught up in the magic of the snow and building a snowman, then preparing a simple dinner. A cozy fire soon ignites their passion.

Each thinks they can forget the other in the morning, but they are thrown together time and again. Lucius cannot get Frances out of his head, and if she refuses to be his wife, he plans on pursuing her until she agrees to be his mistress. Shocking staid society, Lucius challenges Frances to indulge in the passion that sizzles between them. But Frances has a few secrets of her own that will further stun the ton.

Balogh knows the Regency era, all the customs, mores and social innuendoes. She also knows how to bring the glitter, glamour and reality of the era to life through extraordinary characters caught in highly romantic situations. Employing a storyline she has used before (mistress or wife?) with aplomb, Balogh's latest read features deft plotting and creative characterization. SENSUAL (Apr., 380 pp., $22.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin