DAMSEL IN DISGUISE
Heino fulfills the promise of her debut with a new novel showcasing her talent for crafting engaging characters and giving them a fast-paced story to inhabit. The delicious sexual tension only heightens readers’ enjoyment.
Even though Anthony Rastmoor betrayed her, when actress Julia St. Clement uncovers a plot to kill her ex-lover, she embarks upon a daring scheme. Disguised as a man and with her friend Sophie posing as her “wife,” she hurries to warn him. Anthony believes Julia died after deceiving him. Coincidentally they meet at an inn where Anthony notices something odd about the young couple. For some reason the husband looks familiar. Suddenly shots ring out leaving Rastmoor and Julia alone. It isn’t long before Julia is unmasked. Though each has reasons to mistrust the other they form an alliance that becomes a passionate union as they ferret out a killer and reclaim a love. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Aug., 380 pp., $7.99)