An intriguing romance with a twist or two, Merrill’s hallmark, captures readers. Though there are no real surprises, her honest portrayal of a damaged hero and feisty heroine will satisfy those desiring a quick read with just the right amounts of humor and pathos.

When Lady Emily married Adrian, Earl of Folbroke, she hoped he would come to love her as she loved him. But three years have passed since he left for London, giving her the task of running his estate. Suffering his obnoxious cousin’s attention is too much. Emily decides to seduce her errant husband and bring him home. When she locates him in a tavern and realizes he doesn’t recognize her due to his loss of sight, her plan changes. She will become an elusive woman who lures him into taking her as his mistress in the hopes he will love her as his wife. The seduction is a double-edged sword. As they fall in love, is it Emily or his mistress he trusts? (HARLEQUIN, Mar., 300 pp., $6.25)
Reviewed by: 
Anne Black