Duff D'Abernon, Marquis of Darley, returns from Waterloo longing for solitude. The once charming rogue hides in the country raising horses.

Drury Lane's premier actress and playwright, Annabelle Foster, left scandal in London to care for her deceased sister's infant. Annabelle and Duff are no strangers to the game of love, but neither is willing to risk heartache until they meet. One glance and Duff is smitten. One look and Annabelle is tempted. They compromise on having a friendship, not an affair.

But love is friendship on fire and their relationship blazes with witty repartee and searing passion. When their union is threatened, Duff and Annabelle discover that risk is worth everything.

Johnson continues the Darley Saga with another sizzling love story keyed into fantasy -- an illicit liaison that ends in grand passion. Though not as explicit as Johnson's previous Russian stories, her latest shimmers with wit as she puts her characters into delightfully sensual situations, adding humor to poignancy for a perfect mix. SENSUAL (Aug., 302 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin