Beverley brings the Regency period to life in this highly romantic story. She's most adept at making the reader care for her vividly portrayed characters. They will be engrossed by this emotionally packed story of great love, tremendous courage and the return of those attractive and dangerous men known as the Rouges. Her Company of Rogues series is well-crafted, delicious and wickedly captivating.

Grievously wounded at the battle of Waterloo, Lord Darius Debenham returns home to England. Given too much laudanum for his injuries, Dare becomes addicted to opium. Now healthy and with discipline and a strong will to fight his demons, he takes very little of the drug.

When Lady Mara St. Bride enters his life again, she awakens feelings in him that he thought were long dead. Aware of his addiction, Mara is determined to bring back the fun-loving old Dare.

When Dare is accused of cowardice at Waterloo, the Rogues and Mara band together to come to his aid. And when Dare decides to end his dependence on opium, he and Mara will undertake a journey that will either kill him or be the beginnings of a new life for him and the woman he loves. (Signet, Sep., 432 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond