ALL NIGHT WITH A ROGUE
Hawkins' first Lords of Vice tale calls
to mind the highly sensual reads of Bertrice Small and Susan Johnson. Though the pace slows as Hawkins builds the background and there are
a few too many villains, this series shows great potential.
The Marquess of Sinclair, Alexius Braverton, or "Sin," is one of a group of nobleman known as the Lords of Vice. They break hearts as easily as they break society's rules. When his sister asks Sin to seduce Lady Juliana Ivers and break her heart, he surmises she is not a silly chit but a vibrant, intelligent woman that he wants for more than a night.
As Juliana surrenders to Sin's expert seduction she know she treads on dangerous ground. But when she's nearly forced to become one man's mistress and another's wife, Sin comes to the rescue. They slowly realize the depth of their feelings but must face scandal and family problems that threaten to tear them apart. (St. Martin's, Feb., 400 pp., $7.99)