PRIVATE PLACES

This anthology is an enjoyable read by some talented authors. While the men in all of the stories
are wonderful heroes, some of the heroines leave something to be desired. Also, Dain's story could have been better fleshed out.

In "The Devilish Duke," by James, Michael Beaulieu, the Duke of Bretherton, blackmails former love Amelia into marriage. Preston Lockwood desires Amelia, his cousin's widow, but is thwarted by Michael. Now, Preston will do whatever he can to ruin their marriage and reputations.Dain's "A Night at the Theater" has an experienced courtesan helping a young woman find a protector -- and love. Jack Callahan promised to keep an eye on his best friend's sister, Mercy. Home from war, Jack intends to do just that in "Hunter's Mercy," by Walker. But when Mercy learns he's a werewolf, will she be able to get past it and accept his love?Schone's complex "The Men and Women's Club" is inspired by her previous novel, Scandalous Lovers. Joseph Manning and Ardell Dennison discover joy, and their true selves, through sex as the club prepares to close its doors. (Berkley Sensation, Aug., 368 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed by: 
Jill Brager