Seven years after being involved in a major scandal, the last thing Sophia Carlisle expects is to be running for her life and stowing away onboard Captain Christian Radcliff's ship bound for Jamaica.

Chris blames Sophia for the duel in which he killed his best friend and is furious to find her on his ship, but decides she can pay her passage by sharing his bed. When he finds she's an innocent, he is shocked and confused. Deciding to pay her passage back to England, he leaves her in Kingston.

Sophia refuses to return and when Sir Oscar Rigby -- the reason she was running for her life -- arrives in Jamaica, Chris takes Sophia to his plantation, telling people that she is his betrothed.

Sophia is unable to resist his seduction. They marry, but while things heat up in the bedroom, outside there is nothing but animosity. When the slaves threaten a revolt, Chris insists on sending Sophia to England. Will he be able to convince her of his love?

A Taste of Paradise is classic Mason -- a hero to make most women melt and a heroine who is strong-willed, independent and beautiful. Chris and Sophia are the perfect couple who find the love that they have denied in the past. This deep-sigh love story is ideal for whiling away an afternoon. SENSUAL (Mar., 360 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Brager