All Lady Willa wants is to be loved and to be told she is loved. Simple enough, but not when the man is Earl Hugh of Duloget.

Hugh is to wed in accordance with his uncle's will and when he mistakes Willa for a poor peasant maid, he finds himself in the doghouse! He must win back her respect or he'll lose his bride—and his inheritance.

This is where Lynsay Sands's talent for using humor to solve the most complicated problems comes to the fore. Hugh's friends, the villagers and even the local priest are there to offer advice and even a treatise on how to woo a woman in bed.

Though the middle sags and there is not as much character depth as in previous Sands novels, there are also a few laugh-out-loud scenes and touches of tenderness that will surely please readers. SENSUAL (Sep., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin