TO CATCH A COUNTESS
When Victoria Douglas discovers that her family has betrothed her to the "serious" and "boring" Alexander Emerson, the Earl of Winchester, she is furious. She is soon drawn to him, however, when she finds him to be rather forceful and passionate.
Victoria enjoys her marriage to Alexander, but she hides a secret from him. She is unable to distinguish left from right and letters look backwards to her. Because of this disability, Victoria thinks she is stupid.
Her plans to be tutored result in unforeseen consequences when forces beyond her control plot to ruin her marriage and her reputation. Will Alexander believe Victoria or the conspirators?
Though at times this is a beguiling story, the hero's characterization nearly mars it. For much of the tale, Alexander is hard, domineering and far too demanding to win the reader's admiration. But Grasso manages to tie things up and redeem him in the end. SENSUAL (Jun., 384 pp., $5.99)