The Silk and Scandal series has led readers through a labyrinth of events stemming from a 17-year-old mystery. Allen sends readers down a new path, adding twists and surprising turns while delivering a strong and moving romance set against the battle of Waterloo. Fans of the series and military romance will find something to satisfy their cravings.

Julia Tresilian’s family moved to Brussels long before the troops and society descended upon the city. When she’s accosted by another officer, Hal Carlow rescues Julia. She is immediately smitten by the charming officer even though she knows he is a playboy. Hal is enchanted by the innocent Julia and sees to it that she is placed in the care of an influential patroness. But as the war intrudes, their mutual need overtakes their good sense and they fall in love. After the battle Julia searches the bloody field for Hal, saving his life and then heading back to England to become his wife. In Brussels, Hal was disturbed when Julia met the jewel dealer known to his family as “the Gypsy” and once in London Julia uncovers the connection and clues that might end the curse on both their houses. (HARLEQUIN, Dec., 300 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin