May brings a wonderful new Regency romance from the award-winning pen of Emma Lange.

It was mutual dislike at first sight. The widowed Lady Juliana Whitfield wants no part of a virile male after her disastrous foray into marriage. And Alex, the Earl of Hampton, is equally determined to avoid matchmaking mamas and eligible brides.

Still, they must maintain a minimum of civility. After all, they are both guests of his sister and her best friend. But with the sparks that ignite between them, it isn't easy.

Ignoring each other doesn't work either. As the London Season progresses, it gets harder and harder for Juliana not to care how the dashing earl spends his time. But even if she can overcome the fears of the past, how can she compete with his dazzling mistress?

Ms. Lange creates a bevy of major and minor characters whose vivid depiction provides myriad pleasures for the Regency connoisseur in this scintillating love story. (May, 224 pp., $5.50)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer