Though she enjoys the freedom of being part owner of a successful West Indies shipping company, Thea Selwyn yearns to travel to England to meet the man she left behind when her mother fled England and her brutal husband.

Her chance comes when Pierson Drake stops at the island for repairs on his ship. Drake experiences an overwhelming need to protect her when she becomes the victim of a series of unexplained accidents and agrees to escort her to London, where she hopes to find out who has been embezzling from the company.

It is inevitable that Thea and Drake become lovers. On the high seas they might keep their relationship a secret, but once they reach London, hiding their passion is impossible. Thea accepts Drake's marriage proposal, never imagining that she will find such fulfillment. Their happiness is marred only by the continued accidents that befall Thea and her need to become part of her English family.

This is a light read with many classic touches: a sea voyage filled with sexual tension, mysterious accidents to add suspense and a long-lost family to rediscover. Monroe gives readers nothing new, but this is a highly enjoyable romance. SENSUAL (Sep., 380 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin