Since the night he unwittingly betrayed fiancée Eleanor Durbane's trust, Brahm Ryland's guilt has turned him into an inebriated rake. An invitation to a hunting party at the Durbanes presents him with the opportunity to beg Eleanor's forgiveness.

Though she still feels the sting of Brahm's betrayal, Eleanor has moved on with her life. Soon she will be another man's bride. Eleanor will not accept his apology. She needs more; she needs to learn to trust again.

Smith has written her most emotionally powerful romance yet. Not only is this a beautiful story of love lost and regained, it is the intense tale of a man coming to terms with his addiction and regaining his self-respect with a woman's love. It is the story of a woman who learns to give her heart to a man who once broke it and to realize that love is worth the risk. Like Putney's classic The Rake and the Reformer, Smith's latest tackles large and important issues in the context of a romance. SENSUAL (Sep., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin