A GENTLEMAN BY ANY OTHER NAME
Michaels begins The Beckets of Romney Marsh series as Chance Becket returns to
the Marsh to face the ghosts of his past.
Chance has worked to put his background behind him, but even a prestigious marriage and lauded military career cannot eradicate his scandalous youth. Now a widower with a daughter, he's returned home with a governess, Julia Carruthers.
Though unsure of her employer's reasons for bringing them to Romney Marsh, Julia is glad to be free of London. Her fascination with the Marsh and Chance's family are nothing compared to the powerful attraction that springs between them.
However, when Julia begins uncovering some unusual facts about the Beckets, she wonders if Chance is really in love with her or trying to protect his loved ones.
Michaels can write everything from a lighthearted romp to a far more serious-themed romance. Now she uses her knowledge of the Regency-era in a series that draws readers into the tangled lives of an unusual family. Not only is this a great romance, it's a titillating mystery and a tale that delves into all the good, bad and ugly aspects of the era. Michaels has outdone herself and one cannot wait for the next in the series. SENSUAL (Mar., 380 pp., $6.99)