PHYLLIDA AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF PHILANDER
Subtitled "a bisexual romance," this well-written novel opens doors to a little-known side of Regency England. With style and wit Herendeen introduces readers to an unusual romance that works perfectly because she's created realistic characters whose motivations drive the story forward. We believe in them and cheer as they find their way to an unconventional love.
He gets a bit more than he bargained for when he chooses the penniless romance novelist Phyllida Lewis and then meets handsome Matthew Thornby. All is perfect until a blackmailer enters their lives. Phyllida is attacked and threatened with the revelation of her husband's secret if she tells of the attack. She remains silent to protect Andrew, but he discovers what's happened. Feeling impotent to protect the woman he loves, Andrew is caught in a dilemma. Can the three of them find a way to foil the villain and find the love they need? (Harper, May, 532 pp., $14.95)