Readers will see this delightful novella as a gift from a favorite author. Balogh utilizes the classic class theme, gives it a twist or two and utterly charms fans with a tale that's sweet and sizzling, witty and romantic, dramatic and surprising. Better than chocolate or flowers, it's a love story to remember.

In a world where class is everything, wealthy, handsome Reginald Mason is not considered a catch because he is a merchant's son. But a twist of fate makes it possible for Reginald to rise above his station by marrying Annabelle Ashton, the disgraced daughter of the Earl of Havercroft.

After a failed attempt at a runaway marriage, the only way for Annabelle to salvage her reputation is to wed Reginald. But Reginald isn't interested in marrying her until his father threatens to cut him off. To the world their engagement appears more like a battlefield. But everything is not as it seems. Underlying passions, secrets and a shocking scheme prove that love and hate can be very close relatives in the heart. (VANGUARD, Jan., 208 pp., $15.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin