HOW TO SCHOOL YOUR SCOUNDREL
It may be that Gray saved the best in her Princess in Hiding trilogy for last. With its smart, unconventional plot and well-developed characters, combined with Gray’s knack for sexual tension, suspense and a carefully detailed backdrop, this is another captivating novel. There’s also plenty of Gray’s biting repartée and humor as you hold your breath until the deep-sigh ending.
To keep her safe from assassins, the Duke of Olympia places Princess Luisa in the Earl of Somerton’s employ disguised as a male secretary. Angry and suspicious of his wife’s infidelity, Philip is a difficult man. Luisa takes none of his guff. As Luisa, aka Markham, passes Philip’s tests it seems she will be safe in his home. But there is a traitor who threatens her security, as well as Philip’s obsession with unmasking his wife’s lover. When Luisa falls ill, her ruse is discovered and there is no reason to stem the passion that has been simmering between them. Philip insists she accompany him to Florence as he searches for his wife, her lover and his son. Luisa faces the gravest threat to her life yet as she hopes their love will survive. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jun., 320 pp., $7.99)