The pairing of a troubled lord and a sweet, all-too-understanding miss may be a recurring cliche in historical romance, but it's used to perfection in this erotic
tale. Meticulously researched, this book includes details of all aspects of Regency life to draw readers into 19th-century England. With her polished prose and well-crafted scenes, Featherstone has
what it takes to write keeper-worthy,
full-scale historicals.

Lady Madeline Brydges gave her heart to the enigmatic Lord Hardcastle the first time she laid eyes on him. When her father demands she either marry or lose Montgomery House, her home for unfortunate women, Maddy knows there's only one man she can wed.

Tortured by his past, Hardcastle has vowed never to wed or have children. Tempted beyond reason by the maddening Madeline, he feels conflicted when he learns of her plight.

Unable to bear the thought of Maddy married to another, Hardcastle forsakes his vow, and the couple elopes. All too soon, the lovers' union is threatened by secrets and deceptions. (New Concepts, Mar., 218 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Katherine Gomes