Susanna Burney is the ton’s secret weapon; distressed parents hire her to break up unsuitable alliances. But all the seduction and subterfuge bring her little happiness. She’s never failed on a mission, but neither has she found a man she loves as much as the man she ran from years ago.
Betrothed to a respectable and beautiful young woman, James Devlin should be happy, but the retired naval officer is bored. His only real concern is his sister’s happiness. When her suitor becomes enamored of Susanna, he’s determined to find out all he can about the mystery woman. What he discovers shocks him; she’s his wife who ran off and “died.” But she is very much alive and he wants answers. The seductive games they play from ballrooms to bedrooms sizzle as Susanna and Dev rekindle their passion, his fiancé discovers true love and his sister strives to get her man. (HQN, Aug., 380 pp., $7.99)