Signets newest Regency diamond glitters with excellence in this impressively crafted drawing room romance.

He is the heir to Beau Brummel. Maidens swoon and young cubs gasp when Lord Sedgewick Wylie nods his approval. How unfortunate that Miss Joanna Pattersons first encounter with the arbiter of fashion should be so disastrous. After all, she has a young protigie to present to the ton, and she cannot afford to draw unfavorable commentary from such an influential figure.

But he is absolutely infuriating. Every encounter puts her at a disadvantage, bringing out a clumsiness anyone must abhor. He is, however, the most attractive man she has ever met.

For his part, Sedge has never met a more maddening woman. It has been a long time since a woman has looked at him without worship in her eyes. Worse, she seems to prefer his brother. So why, when he accidentally compromises the lady, is he so quick to offer marriage?

Ms. Lane choreographs a scintillating duel of hearts that overflows with passionate intensity and vibrant characterization. Put this one on your must reading list. (July, 218 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer