PRINCESS OF FORTUNE
Sent to England for sanctuary, Princess Isabella di Fortunaro is alone in a foreign country. Without the familiar confines of the infamously lush court, the spoiled Monteverdian princess becomes the latest ward of the English Navy.
Captain Lord Thomas Graves is eager to return to active duty; he's been landlocked for over a year due to an injury. Protecting the princess will provide Tom with the chance to earn a ship's command.
But Isabella's countrymen will stop at nothing to topple the Fortunaro family in order to install a government of their own. Assassins abound on the streets of London, but Tom is there to save Isabella every time. What neither counts on is their forbidden passion or the dark desire of another Peer of the Realm.
Thanks to Jarrett's talent, this story is a banquet spiced up with period detail and well-paced drama, but readers may feel they are left with too many unanswered questions about the fate of the Fortunaros. The ending loses some momentum when the characters are abandoned by both their country and family. SENSUAL (Sep., 274 pp., $5.50)