Alexander Denford, Baron Sedgwick, is envied by all. He has a perfect, beautiful, docile, uncomplaining wife—and only he knows she's a figment of his imagination, conjured to keep marriage-minded mamas and matchmaking friends at bay.

Then he begins receiving bills from dressmakers for purchases made by "Lady Sedgwick." Con artist Emmaline has found the perfect game to play: as Lady Sedgwick she can have it all, until Alex discovers the ruse.

Finding a luscious blond in his bedroom is almost worth the price for Alex, who is fascinated with his "wife"; though he might not like her charade, he's beginning to adore the woman. Still, Emmaline and Alex know nothing is for real, even their newfound love, since there are those who want to expose Emmaline as a fraud.

There is certainly something irresistible about Boyle's latest Regency romp, which is lively and sparkling with wit and clever repartee. Brilliantly combining humor and poignancy, suspense and passion, Boyle lights up the season with a winner. SENSUAL (Feb., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin