When her father loses everything in a game of cards to Lord Crofton, Cressida Manderville comes up with a scheme to retrieve a hidden cache of jewels that will save them from poverty. Though she might lose her virtue, she enters into a bargain with Crofton.
When Tristan Tregallows, Duke of St. Raven, inadvertently rescues Cressida from the nefarious lecher, she is incensed, for her plans to find the jewels are ruined. The ever-gallant Tris admires this courageous but naove young woman and decides to help her. As they search for the jewels, Tris discovers a hidden sensuality in this innocent and finds that she is already entwined around his heart.
But a duke must marry an eligible woman, not a delectable, witty female, mustn't he? Beverley's delicious, well-crafted and wickedly captivating romance is a sure-fire winner. She combines strong characters, sensuality and a witty sense of humor that should win readers' praise. SENSUAL (Feb., 365 pp., $6.99)