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.
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)