When the husband she thought had died at Waterloo stands in the doorway of the church to stop her wedding, Alexandra Wakefield faints and is carried away by his ghost, who deserted her on their wedding day—the man she always loved.

Bryceson Wakefield, the fifth Duke of Hawksworth, has little to offer his wife. His fortune has gone to another and his good looks were lost on the battlefield. Scarred and wounded, he returns to claim the woman he betrayed for family honor.

Since Hawk's "death," Alexandra has had to care for his home and family, and both are in dire financial straits. She had agreed to marry again in exchange for the money she desperately needs.

Though Hawk is not the beautiful man she married, but more a tormented beast, Alex adores him and wants to stay married in every sense of the word.

Complications arise, but in Ms. Blair's capable hands readers are treated to an intelligent solution to Hawk and Alex's marriage problems as well as several delightful secondary love stories, a bit of suspense and a kidnapping. The endearing cast of characters brings much to a warm-hearted, sensual story of love, forgiveness and redemption. SENSUAL (Oct., 380 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin