The latest in the de Warenne series is a warm, wonderfully sensual feast about the joys and pains of falling in love. Joyce breathes life into extraordinary characters -- from her sprightly Cinderella heroine and roguish hero to everyone in between -- then sets them in the glittering Regency, where anything can happen.

Pirate's daughter Amanda Carre can trim a sail but can't navigate society. With her father's conviction and death by hanging, she's adrift until Cliff de Warenne, the most notorious privateer of the era, volunteers to escort Amanda to her mother in England. Cliff is an honorable rogue and vows to school Amanda in the social arts and find her a suitable husband, which means he must become her guardian.

But Amanda is terribly alluring, and as he grooms her to be a lady, he falls in love with his creation. When the secret of her parentage comes to light, it's Cliff who eases Amanda's pain -- and it's Cliff she truly loves. The only problem is getting these two to admit it to themselves -- and that's where the fun begins. (HQN, Dec., 400 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin