A delightful, sprightly romp is what Hawkins does best, and when she sets her witty tale in Scotland and adds a charming castle and an engaging cast of characters, readers have the beginning of an appealing new series.

Desperate times call for desperate measures — especially when serving up revenge. At 17, Rose Balfour tried to seduce Lord Alton Sinclair (Lord Sin) and ended up pushing him into a fountain. Sin has waited six years for an opportunity to turn the tables and embarrass Rose. When his matchmaking aunt plans a house party, he asks her to invite the Balfours. Everything changes when he realizes she’s become a beautiful, intelligent woman who arouses more than just his desire for vengeance. They become involved in a lively battle of wills and wiles (and stray arrows). With emotions running deep, passion is the ultimate prize. (POCKET, Sep., 380 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin