When businesswoman, suffragette and feminist Beatrice Von Furstenburg will not allow her 16-year-old niece Priscilla to marry 18-year-old Jeffrey, the young lovers arrange for hired thugs to attack Beatrice, so Jeffrey can rescue her. But their plan goes awry and the would-be kidnappers leave Beatrice in a brothel for safekeeping.

Discovering his mistake, Jeffrey asks distant cousin and lawyer Connor Barrow for help. The glib-tongued, handsome Irishman can sweet-talk almost anyone into anything; anyone but Beatrice.

Though he manages to negotiate her freedom and discovers her innate sensuality, Connor has his hands full with Beatrices modern ideas and strong will. There is simply no way she would give up her cause for a maneven one like Connor.

Just the way Connor manages to turn the tables on Beatrice, how she gives the young lovers jobs in a settlement house, and the way her women friends help with Connors political campaign will have you laughing out loud. Ms. Krahn skillfully weaves in a delectable undercurrent of sexual tension with her delicious and subtle wit for a delightful romance. SENSUAL (Jul., 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin