The always innovative and ever outstanding Karen Harbaugh spins another magic web of enchantment to beguile fans of Regency romance.

It should have been the perfect romance. Hadn't Cupid done his job by shooting the appropriate arrows at the appropriate time? But Paul Templeton, Marquess of Blytheland, turned his head at the last moment and fell in love with the wrong woman. Now, years later, after the death of his unfaithful wife in childbed with another man's get, this embittered lord swears off love, marriage and women in general.

Cupid, however, is not finished with Blytheland. Determined to bring about the originally intended match with Miss Cassandra Hathaway, he loses his arrows once more. But the stubborn lord still refuses to listen to his heart, even though he finds himself increasingly enchanted by the guileless young lady's innocent charm.

Just what will Cupid have to do to make this match happen?

A wonderfully fresh voice in period fiction, Ms. Harbaugh steals our hearts away with this deceptively simple, exquisitely crafted Regency delight. (Feb., 224 pp., $5.50)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer