Signet's newest star dishes up a fresh, witty romp through the drawing rooms of Regency high society.

If it were up to Alexandra Chilton, she would not be wasting her time participating in a London Season. But her young brother needs a touch of town bronze, so she must dutifully attend at least a minimal number of social events and try not to appear as much of a bluestocking as she actually is.

In spite of her best efforts, Alexandra quickly gains a reputation for being "peculiar." It is therefore not surprising that she turns into the subject of a scandalous wager. But it is even more surprising to Sebastian, Earl of Branford, that this free-spirited lady is, in fact, innocent. How can he protect her from her own impetuous behavior?

Ms. Pickens creates a feisty heroine to match her wonderfully suave hero and spices this appealing romance with sparkling dialogue and a dash of danger. (July, 224 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer