Readers will enjoy Morgan’s debut novel, with its charming characters and depth of emotion. Morgan deftly handles returning soldiers’ trauma within the context of a love story and adds spice with a bit of mystery and unexpected secrets. Though some may find the problems easily solved, others will enjoy the growth of the romance and the message of love’s power to heal.

Nearly destitute, Lady Alexandra Langdon disguises herself as a young man to play at a high-stakes gaming table. She loses to Garrett Sinclair, Earl of Kendall, a returning war hero who refuses to take her money. In exchange, Alex tells him of a plot to murder him and agrees to help him unmask the assassin. Garrett quickly discovers Alex’s ruse and insists she accompany him to his country estate after his carriage is attacked. Her bold behavior, strong will and intelligence proves to be a challenge and temptation to Garrett. He’s been dead inside since surviving the Charge of the Light Brigade, yet Alex makes him want to be alive. The understanding and love that grow between Alex and Garrett is threatened, but they learn that love is worth any risk. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Mar., 337 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin