In this second novel of the Bedegrayne family, Wynne Bedegrayne tries to rescue a 12-year-old girl whose father intends to auction the child. A highly illegal, bare-fisted prizefight has attracted a crowd to the same location, making Wynne's original plan more dangerous and less feasible. The father attacks Wynne, who is in turn rescued by boxer Keanan Milroy.

Considering their social standings, they are unlikely to meet ever again. Keanan is the bastard son of a duke and his goal is to become part of the ton despite social restrictions. At first, Wynne is merely a means to accomplish his vengeful plan.

Wynne, however, has decided to reject all suitors rather than risk a dire plot by several men of the ton to destroy her reputation and force her into outcast spinsterhood.

The attraction between them takes both on a collision course with Regency society and the kind of secrets that can destroy the happiness both crave.

This story includes a strong touch of action and more sensual encounters than a strictly traditional Regency, but it is a novel of the era that fans can definitely enjoy. (Apr., 352 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger