Susan Kerslake, housekeeper of Craig Wyvern plans to leave before Con Somerford, the new Earl of Wyvern, arrives.

Con was her first lover, and at one time, her best frienduntil she hurt him deeply. Now, after 11 years, Susan sees him again. Gone is the laughing young lad. Tall, with a military stance, his years at war have turned him into a hard and dangerous man.

She didnt leave in time and now Susan fears for her safety. Con knows about the smuggling that goes on in the area. Will he overlook it, or will he report it to the authorities? And does he suspect her involvement?

Though they try, neither can shake the memories of the past nor can they deny the sizzling passion between them. Older now, do they dare fate to capture what they once had?

THE DRAGONS BRIDE is vintage Jo Beverley. Fast pacing, strong characters, sensuality and a poignant love story make this a tale to cherish time and again. VERY SENSUAL (May, 366 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond