As Napoleons fleet threatens Naples, English galley owner Francesca Robin knows she must flee before the French arrive. Despite her pleas, Lord Hamilton refuses to take her aboard a Navy vessel.

Captain Edward Ramsden gallantly offers to marry her so that she may travel as his wife on an English ship. With no other options, Francesca agrees.

All is well until Edward must return to England, where he learns he is now a duke and must retire from his naval career to take his place on dry land.

Feeling unworthy of being a duchess, Francesca runs away and Edward must find a way to prove to her how much he loves and needs her.

Ms. Jarrett always delivers a powerful story peopled with memorable characters. This time she adds vitality and freshness to a Regency-era romance by setting her story in Italy. You can always count on Ms. Jarrett to gift us with something intelligent, new and vibrant. SENSUAL (Sep., 350 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin