Jacob, the Earl of Hawthorne, becomes the guardian of Harriet, a young woman of questionable blood who has been living in India. When he brings the girl back home to England, many complications occur—all propagated by the fact that she is a graceless, greedy, destructive vixen. Bad blood will out, they say, and Harriet is bad to the bone.

Although the duke's friends are willing to help him handle the girl, one by one they come under the attack of the spiteful young woman, and her lies keep the lovely Emily from attempting to win the duke's love for herself. He is too blind and preoccupied with the catastrophes his ward creates to recognize how much he loves Emily and wants to be EMILY'S BEAU.

Allison Lane has written a wonderfully provocative tale with enough twists and tangles to keep readers wondering until the very end if true love can prevail. (Oct., 224 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Teresa Roebuck