Banished from society, Viscount Kit Whitelaw is cooling his heels in Barnstable until it's safe to return to London. Few know that Kit is the Crown's finest spy, and when he's captured in pen and ink by Susannah Makepeace, her erotic sketches give him an idea of how to cure his boredom.

Susannah never expects to see a man swimming naked, but the daring miss can't resist drawing the godlike man either. Neither realizes that their flirtation will bring them into grave danger until a series of accidents begin to plague Susannah.

Kit investigates, and what he finds is a decades-old plot that goes deep into the heart of the government. As he and Susannah risk their lives to unmask a traitor, they find a love that knows no bounds. There's enough action, romance, passion, wit and historical details in Long's latest (the beginning of a new trilogy) to have readers sighing with delight. Make a place next to Julia Quinn and Stephanie Laurens for this top-notch new voice. SENSUAL (Mar., 400 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin