For years Vincent Anthony Kimball, the eleventh Earl of Dunhaven, has mourned his missing friend and lover, Chantel. Then he sees her dancing on the stage. But is the lovely ballerina known as Pappilion the butterfly truly his beloved or just a look-a-like?

Chantel has her reasons for hiding her identity from Vincent and everyone else. She has a son to protect, a new life to build and a past to keep hidden. But she cannot deny the power of the love they shared nor her still burning desire for Vincent.

Vincent pursues Chantel, unraveling the mystery surrounding her, becoming her first client at her dancing school and slowly winning back the love of his sweetheart. But the past and the dangers of the present follow Chantel and Vincent, threatening to destroy their newfound joy.

Colleen Shannon mixes a heady tale of suspense and passion in THE STEADFAST HEART, teaching us that love and trust are intricately entwined. SENSUAL (Aug., 350 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin