The final installment in Carlyle's powerful series centers on Merrick MacLachlan, the Black Scot of the family, whose dark hair, piercing eyes and scars strike dread into his competitors. But it's his soul that's most severely wounded.

Long ago, Merrick and Lady Madeline were so deeply in love that they eloped. Then her domineering father tore them apart. She wed another, but fate brings her back into his life.

Seeing Merrick, Maddie realizes that she's still in love with him -- not the sweet memory of the boy he was, but the wounded man who feels betrayed by love. Though they are still attracted to one another, there are secrets between them.

Carlyle is a grand mistress at telling a poignant, thought-provoking story that boils over with intense emotion and simmering sensuality. She plays on your heartstrings, elicits every emotion and makes you wish the story would never end. SENSUAL (Apr., 380 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin