A bright light in the Regency milieu returns with another sparkling tale of love spiced with a dash of adventure.

Only desperation would have forced Miss Janine Morgan to seek shelter under her brother's roof. But when the death of her employer leaves her penniless, she has no choice but to embark on an exhausting journey by stagecoach back to the family estate.

To her dismay, she discovers the house empty and her brother gone with only a charming scoundrel there to welcome her home. But there's something different about the fellow-he doesn't seem to be quite the rascal she remembers.

Vincent Charles Thornton, the seventh Baron Thornton, finds himself on the horns of a dilemma. On one hand, masquerading as the notorious Zach Flynn will surely help him track down the rogue who has impersonated him. On the other hand, he finds himself loath to let the lovely Miss Morgan continue to believe him a scoundrel of the highest order.

What to do, what to do...

Ms. Kirkland creates a bevy of intriguing characters and a pleasing love story to keep readers well entertained. (Dec., 224 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer