When a rare stone given to Victoria by her beloved Albert disappears, she calls on her childhood friend Ivy Sutherland to discover if the stone is in the laboratory of Simon de Burgh, Marquess of Harrow.
Disguised as science student Ned Ivers, Ivy proves herself an admirable assistant to the reclusive marquess. Simon is pleased to have an intelligent student who understands electromagnetism until he unmasks Ivy. Though he realizes Ivy must end the masquerade and return home he agrees to help her find the stone. Their attraction grows as Ivy realizes Simon is as passionate about her as he is about science. But passion is nothing compared to the danger they’re in as they work to find out exactly what kind of “jewel” was stolen and why. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Dec., 360 pp., $7.99)