Like a comet streaking across the sky, Stephanie Laurens burst upon the historical romance scene with Captain Jack's Woman and immediately captured readers' attention. Her blend of sexual tension and adventure place her in a special class of romance writers and her star shines brighter than ever in DEVIL'S BRIDE, winning Ms. Laurens a coveted place on "keeper" shelves.
When governess Honoria Weatherby finds a wounded man by the side of the road, she seeks help from the next passer-by, Sebastian "Devil" Cynster, Duke of St. Ives. They take the injured young man, Devil's cousin, to a deserted building. Though he and Honoria do their best, they cannot save his life. All the while, a storm rages outside.
Discovered by her employers and another of Devil's cousins, it appears that Honoria has been compromised. Though he is known for his wild ways, Devil decides to marry Honoria, impressed by her intelligence, steadfastness and courage, and the natural sensuality he suspects lies beneath her prim facade.
However, Honoria yearns for adventure and marriage would curtail her dreams. Yet, marriage to Devil Cynster and being a part of his roguish, highly likable family would be an adventure in itself. Add to this the fact that his cousin was murdered and you have a mystery that Honoria cannot wait to help solve.
Like Johanna Lindsey's Mallory family, the Cynsters will steal your heart. DEVIL'S BRIDE is a delightful treasure and a gift to give yourself. SENSUAL (Mar., 388 pp., $5.99)