Her parents' deaths left Beatrice Sinclair penniless and desperate enough to take the position at Castle Cranoch as governess to a terrified child.

As Beatrice strives to make a safe haven for her charge, she's drawn to her employer, the puzzling Devlen Gordon. Though she's attracted to the handsome, sensual rogue, she dare not trust him. When their sanctuary is threatened and they flee Cranoch, Devlen leads them to safety.

Devlen has his own secrets and, though he appears to care greatly about young Robert and Beatrice, his personal demons could threaten them as easily as their enemies. Falling in love is simple compared to believing in a man who could be her friend and lover or evil incarnate.

You can add Ranney to a list of authors that begins with the Brontë sisters, Mary Stewart and Daphne du Maurier. She enlivens the classic gothic for a modern audience. Strong, intelligent and admirable characters, a chilling backdrop, suspense and the surprises readers crave in an exceptional gothic mystery are all here. Savor the joy of this passionate tale. SENSUAL (Jan., 380 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin