In her return to historical romance, Goodger tackles the classic arranged-marriage plot with aplomb. With likable characters and a blossoming secondary love story that adds emotional depth and a nice dimension to a tried-and-true story, it's a welcome return.

A Christmas wedding to the Duke of Bellingham is her mother's idea, not Newport heiress Elizabeth Cummings'. Randall Blackmore is nothing more than a name and a title to Elizabeth, who is in love with another man. But she goes along with her mother's plan for a meeting, knowing she will never say "I do."

Randall is in great need of Elizabeth's money, and a marriage of convenience suits him, until they meet. Then he is overwhelmed by the need to possess her. Somehow, some way he must seduce her away from the man she believes she loves. (Zebra, Oct., 352 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin