Regency fans will rejoice as Zebra introduces a simply splendid new talent to beguile our hearts and souls.

War hero Marcus Forester, Earl of Clairmont, is bored. After five years of fighting the French on the Peninsula under Wellington, he finds standing around the ballrooms of London's highest society tedious beyond belief.

Until SHE bumbles across the dance floor, enveloped in a bevy of pink flounces, with only a brilliant pair of green eyes to freeze him in his tracks. Who is this strange creature, and what does she want with him?

There is, however, a method to the madness of Lady Mirthton. Who better than an acclaimed soldier to teach her the means of self defense? As the handsome earl listens in fascination to her tale of spies and threats, he knows that he has at last found the perfect antidote to boredom.

Rarely has an author created as captivating a pair of lovers as this delicious couple. Although the unfortunately incorrect usage of titles is a little jarring, the irrepressible heroine and her irresistible protector make this sparkling romance a scrumptious bon-bon of delight! (Sept., 256 pp., $4.50)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer