Cornwall takes a plot as old as time and infuses it with a freshness that will satisfy readers who love a marriage-of-convenience romance. Her complex characters and their emotional baggage will tug at readers’ hearts and have them cheering on the intrepid heroine and wounded hero until the very end of this carefully crafted, intense romance.

When her sister runs off with a new admirer, refusing to marry Nicholas Hartley, Duke of Temberlay, Meg Lynton, the weed in the Lynton rose garden, decides to step in and save her family from ruin. Nicholas has no idea who is behind the heavy veil; he has been forced into this marriage by his grandmother. Nicholas’ anger at his grandmother spills over to Meg, but Meg is strong enough to resist his efforts to make her feel worthless, unwanted and unloved. Still, there is no denying their attraction as they are plunged into marriage, the mystery of his brother’s death and danger from unknown enemies. (AVON, Dec., 380 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin