The opening scene of Shannon Donnelly's A MOST COMPROMISED LADY, with its erotic overtures and deliciously teasing tricks, is designed to tempt the most jaded of palettes.

This is a clever tale of a gypsy girl's family who lost an inheritance and a title due to the machinations of a wicked uncle. The strong, devil-may-care hero decides that losing one's heart when playing with Fate is a small price to pay for such great happiness. It is his growing concern for the happiness of the woman he has compromised which provides much of this character's inner conflict.

As usual, Ms. Donnelly provides a scintillating tale filled with charismatic characters and plenty of intrigue, while still delivering a tender love story. (Feb., 224 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Teresa Roebuck