Jeffries brings her Royal Brotherhood series to a delightful close with the tale of the third half-noble half-brother, Gavin Byrne, and a daring escapade to locatea cache of incriminating letters.

The very proper Lady Christabel Simms, Marchioness of Haversham, proposes that she become Gavin's pretend mistress in order to accompany him to a scandalous private gambling party. It is there that she intends to search for letters that could ruin her family.

For his part in the scheme, Gavin will be knighted. Gavin is hoping to find those letters himself and gain revenge on Prinny, the father who deserted his mother. He is equally determined to lure the lovely widow into his bed, either with his great skill for seduction (playing a game of strip whist) or helping her locate the letters. Torn between revenge and growing passion, Gavin learns that protecting Christabel and her love is worth everything.

Jeffries treats readers to another winning romance, with poignancy, adventure, a sexy hero, an intrepid heroine and a clever plot that vividly captures the late Regency era. Her unforgettable characters and great depth of emotion prove she's a grand mistress of storytelling. SENSUAL (Jul., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin