LADY BE BAD
The Merry Widows, "respectable ladies who form a pact to pursue pleasure," reappear in this delicious tale of a rake and a prim widow. Hern charms with characters who leap off the pages and engages with a sweet yet sensual story (even if there are too many wagers) that is pleasing to fans of the series.
John's pride in his seduction abilities leads him to gamble that he can lure Grace into an affair. He does his best to win her over with gentle touches. However, it isn't his sexual expertise that arouses Grace, it's his interest in her charity work and the care he gives to people and animals. Their passion grows into respect and love, but as the truth behind the wager is revealed and another wager begins, they are put to the test. (Signet Eclipse, Aug., 305 pp., $6.99)