Neville skillfully combines revenge, murder and a good dollop of sexual tension to bring readers a delicious and delightful read. The unique overview of the makings of French pastries adds to the flavor of this debut novel.

When Jacobin de Chastelux discovers that her uncle, Lord Candover, wagered her in a card game and lost, she runs away. Disguised as Jacob Leon, a French pastry cook, she finds employment in the kitchens of the Prince Regent. When Candover is poisoned after consuming one of her pastries, she flees again.

Now calling herself Jane Castle, she finds herself in the service of Anthony Storrs, Lord Storrington, who won her uncle's wager. Anthony is taken with the outspoken Jane and introduces her to passion as they become lovers. Then he discovers her true identity and becomes obsessed with the need to exact revenge on Candover for the injury he caused Anthony's family. Murder, a life threatened and letters from the past all come full circle as Anthony discovers that love is a more powerful emotion than revenge. (AVON, Mar., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond