As a duke's daughter, Camille Bradburn has been raised to be the perfect lady. When she meets Irish sea captain Patrick Mullen, she realizes that love has been missing from her life. But she knows nothing will come of it since she is betrothed to Lord Kimball.
Patrick convinces her to run away and marry him, then doesn't show up on the night of their elopement. Her mother tells her that he accepted a bribe to leave. Brokenhearted, Camille goes to London.
In reality, Patrick has been kidnapped. As he struggles to get back to his love, the brokenhearted Camille is raped and turns to brandy to help her get through each day. When Patrick returns, he's tossed into Newgate, and before Camille can get him released she must unravel some secrets that could ruin her family. But they may just free her from years of abuse and lead to happiness with Patrick.
MacNish shows tremendous promise in this debut. Though Camille and Patrick are apart for much of the book and there are quite a few convoluted plot twists, the main characters are well developed, and the secondary ones add to the story. SENSUAL (Oct., 352 pp., $3.99)