Holt delivers what readers desire: a scorching novel that titillates as she explores a woman's deepest fantasies and brings them, red-hot, to the page. But there's more than just great sex in Holt's romances; there are strong characters, intense emotions and colorful backdrops wrapped like a glorious gift.

At 25, Lady Caroline Foster is still waiting for her fiance, John Clayton, to set a wedding date when he marries another. Her reputation in tatters, Caroline will have to marry a man old enough to be her grandfather. But she wants passion -- and she wants it now. She turns to John's illegitimate half-brother, Scotsman Ian Clayton, for "lessons."

Ian has long been attracted to Caroline, and though her request initially shocks him, he's more than up for the task. But the experience is greater than he expects, since long-buried feelings of love overcome lust, and their affair becomes one of the heart and the soul. (St. Martin's, Sep., 335 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin