MacTavish switches gears from her most recent adventure romances to craft a charming, lighthearted Regency. She takes a simple plotline and charms readers with the mayhem that ensues. It's truly a joyous read.
As companion to Lady Clara, Alice agrees to attend a masked ball masquerading as her mistress to ascertain if the man Clara's sponsor wants her to meet is as hideous as the rumors say.
One dance and Nigel Farnham is entranced. But the lady flees before the unmasking, fueling his determination to uncover her identity. Though Alice is to pose as Clara for one night, Clara's disappearance forces her to keep up the charade and pushes her into Nigel's arms. Then a rival for Nigel's affections steps forward and Clara returns, determined to win Nigel and destroy Alice's reputation. But nothing can stand in the way of true love. (LEISURE, Nov., 320 pp., $6.99)