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by Olivia Drake

Genre: Historical Romance, England
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: 1800s England

2010 Historical Romance of the Year Nominee

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Drake (aka Barbara Dawson Smith) is a consummate storyteller who cleverly blends intrigue, suspense and sensuality into a pulse-pounding mystery, à la Amanda Quick. Give yourself plenty of time to savor this fast-paced, nonstop delight of a book.

Wealthy heiress Miss Lindsey Crompton finds sleuthing much more interesting than balls, until an investigation has her colliding with Thane Parker, Earl of Mansfield. His reputation as a war hero and a rake precede him, but Thane has a secret life working with the Bow Street Runners. At the moment he is gathering information on a killer who is one of Lindsey’s suitors.

Thane’s problem is keeping his distance from the far too curious Miss Crompton. However, when Lindsey sneaks into Thane’s home to discover if he is involved in a murder spree, Thane blackmails her into silence by demanding she pose as his fiancée and ease his young ward into society. Their betrothal is a charade, but not the passion that sizzles between them. While their investigation draws them into deadly territory their growing passion is far more dangerous. (ST. MARTIN’S, Sep., 380 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: ST. MARTIN’S

Published: September 2010

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