It's time for another spectacular Regency love story from the genre's newest superstar, Eileen Putman.

He is the quintessential rake, totally unrepentant and completely unable to resist a shocking wager: pass off a street woman as a fine lady. No scoundrel worth his salt could pass up the chance to play such a jest on the ton.

Finding the woman isn't a problem-after all, the Lock Hospital for Diseased Prostitutes is chock full of suitable job candidates. All he asks in return for the promised remuneration is a quiet employee who will do as she's bid.

What he gets is Miss Hannah Gregory, whose sharp tongue and quick intelligence serve notice of a stubbornly independent nature. Only the deafness that resulted from a previous accident has reduced her to her current desperate circumstances.

But has she jumped from the frying pan into the fire?

A highly talented writer of daring originality, Ms. Putman brilliantly crafts a remarkable romance featuring one of the most memorable rakes Regency fans will ever encounter. Yummy, yummy, yummy. (Jan., 223 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer