Book five in Cornick’s Scandalous Women of the Ton series is a wonderfully sensual and entertaining romp. A cat-and-mouse game has never been this lustful or this dangerous. Cornick is a master at creating sexy historicals with original characters, witty banter and explosive situations in which, luckily, love always triumphs.
No one would ever believe that the wanted radical cartoonist Jupiter is none other than the infamous Dowager Marchioness of Darent. Or so Tess thought, but to cover her tracks she must silence the one man who knows her secret, Owen Purchase, Viscount Rothbury. She can kill him or she can marry him. Owen has never met an eligible woman who did not bore him, except for Tess. He accepts her proposal, for she fascinates him, with her face of an an gel and the reputation of a sinner. And as he uncovers his new wife’s secrets so too does he uncover her many enemies — some too close to home. (HQN, Dec., 396 pp., $7.99)