Marcus St. John is livid when he discovers Honoria Baker–Sneed has the St. John ring. Honoria found the band on the ballroom floor and placed it on her finger, not knowing that wearing the ring means she will become a St. John bride.

Marcus thinks this annoying female, his business rival, is the last person in the world he'd marry. But fate has something else in store for this pair. Their verbal battles are only the appetizer for the explosive passions that simmer between them. What a feast they discover as they continually challenge one another, and what a delight it is for readers to watch as the mighty Marcus and independent-minded Honoria fall under the spell of the ring, proving the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

Perhaps Hawkins' best yet, Lady in Red is a luscious, romantic, witty, sexy and emotional love story that puts two of the most hardheaded characters of the season together, just for our enjoyment and pleasure. (Apr., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin