With her trademark sense of humor at an all-time high, Metzger takes readers on a delightful jaunt in the English countryside. Alexander (Ace), the Earl of Carde, escapes the rumors of his triple engagement by recalling his vow to uncover what happened to his half-sister, Lottie, lost when a carriage accident killed his stepmother 13 years ago. He expects to find some clues, not end up being injured and cared for by Nell.

Nell was half in love with Ace years ago. Now he's under her roof, along with her wastrel brother and dotty Aunt Hazel, who talks to the dead. Nell needs more trouble like a hole on the head.

And she gets it in spades when one of Ace's fiancées, Lady Lucinda, arrives. Ace is stunned by his powerful attraction to Nell, and the more he tries to help her, the deeper into trouble he gets. Trying to rid himself of Lady Lucinda, win Nell's heart and discover what happened the night of the accident isn't easy.

If book one of the House of Cards series is any indication, readers are in for a laugh-out-loud, heart-tugging lineup of stories. Metzger has the unique ability to set just the right Regency tone and still make us laugh loud and long. SWEET (Sep., 380 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin