Mason can write about any time and place with aplomb, creating realistic characters, a multilayered plot and plenty of sizzling love scenes. She delivers what longtime romance readers want: remarkable characters and a story that sweeps them away.

Imprisoned for spying, Reed Harwood has been left to die in the infamous Devil's Chateau when he's freed by Fleur Fontaine, the Black Widow. Fleur works with the British, and it's rumored that she buys the prisoners for her pleasure. Her innocence and kindness make it impossible for Reed to believe the stories. Within weeks he's back home, where he learns his brother has died and he's now the earl.

Settling the estate takes time, but his mind is never far from Fleur. He risks his life to spirit her out of danger in France and bring her to England. These passionate people fall in love and share nights of exquisite lovemaking. Yet they are still in danger. (Leisure, Dec., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin