INNOCENT COURTESAN TO ADVENTURER'S BRIDE
Though the last book in the Shelley sisters trilogy stands on its own, it will please fans to come to the satisfying end of the threesome’s romances. Allen’s feel for the era turn her novels from ordinary to charming and evocative.
Fleeing her puritanical father, Celina Shelley rushes to her aunt in London only to discover she owns a well-known brothel. Celina becomes her bookkeeper until her aunt falls ill and her partner “sells” Celina to an aging lord. Celina flees once more, this time to Dreycott Park where she’s safe until Quinn Ashley arrives to take his place as the fourth Baron Dreycott. Under the rules of his uncle’s will he and Celina must stay for six months. Quinn has spent 10 years as an adventurer. The enigmatic Lina has him wondering if there is mystery and adventure right under his nose. When he learns of the accusations against her he sets out to clear her name, bring her to his bed and make her his bride. (HARLEQUIN, Oct., 283 pp., $6.25)