Bow Street Runner Grant Morgan instantly recognizes the unconscious woman whose body has been dragged from the Thames. She is Vivien Rose Duvall, Londons most notorious courtesan and the woman who snubbed him. He decides to take her home, partly for revenge and partly to discover who wants her dead.

Vivien awakens without any memory, yet believing she can trust Grant with her life. Vivien is an enigma; for a renowned courtesan, she is incredibly gentle, quiet, a bit shy and overly modestnot the flamboyant wanton Grant has known. Is there a chance he has the wrong woman?

Viviens innocence and vulnerability touch him to his soul. He will do anything to protect her and help her regain her memory. Yet once the truth becomes clear and the secrets of the past are uncovered, Vivien may be in even more danger.

Lisa Kleypas can take a traditional theme (like amnesia) and make it fresh, enchanting and memorable. This tale of a forbidden passion has threads of mystery woven in so tightly that readers will be caught in its web and never want to leave. SENSUAL (June, 363 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin