Saddled with red hair and an abrupt tongue, Lord Raphael Dalton doesnt think he stands a chance with the woman he is enamored with, the beautiful, flirtatious Lady Annabelle.

But when an innocent situation occurs that involves Rafe and his good friends sister, Brenna Ford, the gossipmongers set their tongues to wagging.

In order to protect Brennas reputation, Rafe offers marriage, putting an end to any hopes he may have with Annabelle.

Their marriage is a passionate one, but Brenna fears Rafe still desires Annabelle. Will Rafe discover the difference between the spoiled and spiteful Annabelle and his wife who gives him joy and happiness?

Ms. Layton is an author who really understands the modes and morals of the Regency period. THE CHANCE is a meticulously crafted, well-paced, and heartwarming read. SENSUAL (Oct., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond