THE ACCIDENTAL COURTESAN
With a dash of humor, plenty of sensuality and a fast pace, Smith’s second School for Brides novel is a pure delight. Readers will enjoy the charming cast of secondary characters and the mystery.
When one of her students is in trouble, Lady Noelle Seymour decides to help by returning a missing necklace to its rightful owner. While sneaking around Lord Seabrook’s bedroom, she mistakes Gavin Blackwell for the lord and explains she is there to apply for the position of mistress. Gavin takes full advantage of the beautiful woman’s mistake. Even as Noelle tastes desire with the handsome rogue, she won’t let her student down. She convinces Gavin to help her find the thief, but they will have to pose as courtesan and protector. Their games lead to trouble, but they also lead to love. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Oct., 311 pp., $7.99)