Not only has Kennedy created a marvelously atmospheric medieval romance, but also an exciting, fast-paced adventure that grabs hold with quick dialogue and appealing characters. Add passion and a dangerous charade, along with pulse-pounding danger and a touch of humor, and you’ve got a winner.
Sophia Darnly isn’t beyond stealing to reclaim her father’s ledger, a book that could destroy the most powerful men in England. She’s stopped by Kier, the man who deserted her years ago. Kier is on a mission of vengeance. Sophia insinuates herself into his scheme so she can locate the ledger, posing as a wealthy shipping magnate with Kier as her trusted employee. It is a carefully plotted scam — until their passions are ignited. As the powerful head of a secret association wants the ledger and to see Sophia dead, the balance of power and England’s future lies in their hands. (POCKET, Aug., 356 pp., $7.99)