Penelope Stratton leaves no doubt in anyone's mind that she is truly a force to be reckoned with in the demanding Regency genre.

He is the rake to end all rakes. Indeed, they call him the Devil. He is everything that Calvina Bracewell has been taught to hate and fear by the family in whose household she lives.

So why is it Lord Rupert Glennister who rescues her from a trio of ruffians when she finds herself out on the street late one night? And why does she seek him out when she finds herself without a roof over her head?

Is it because he kissed her? Or is it more than that? Can she really tame the devil with love?

All these questions and more are wonderfully answered in this fiery duel of hearts in which a devil learns that love is a far different thing than passion. (Oct., 216 pp., $4.50)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer