Virginia-born Barnaby arrives in England to take up his duties as the eighth Viscount Joslyn and immediately lands in trouble. He awakes at The Crown Inn with no recollection of how he got there. He discovers he has been saved by smugglers and is quite taken with Miss Emily Townsend and her involvement with the group. As his estate is not far from Emily’s home, Barnaby is sure they will meet again.
They do when Emily is abducted and Barnaby rescues her. Emily begins to see another side to the colonial — a dangerous man who protects those he cares about. Barnaby will only be satisfied once Emily is safely his wife. But hanging over his head is the knowledge that someone wants him dead. The lovers face grave danger in their quest to uncover the killer’s identity. (ZEBRA, Jul., 400 pp., $14.00)