THE LADY AND THE LIBERTINE
An exotic backdrop sets the stage for Vanak's newest novel. With a few twists, she combines an English lord, scarred in body and soul; an illegitimate young Englishwoman; a ruby and enough adventure, pathos, secrets and betrayal to keep you turning the pages of this sexually charged romance.
Lord Nigel Wallenford, Earl of Claradon, is a thief, a liar and a scoundrel. He's also in need of a great deal of money. Anne Mitchell began her young life in a workhouse in England. Sent to Egypt by her father, she is now known as Karida, guardian of a ruby that is the key to a sacred treasure -- a ruby that Nigel is intent on stealing.
Fate takes them on a journey filled with great passion, secrets, betrayal and danger. Though Nigel fights his feelings for Anne, she is determined to help him overcome the demons that torment him. Can she teach him to unlock his heart, to love and prove that she will always be his? (LEISURE, Apr., 320 pp., $7.99)