Known as the runaway debutante Leah Carrollton is a social pariah. But more than that she is a woman in great need of a hero. She not only ran away with an unsuitable man to avoid an unwanted marriage, but she fled the one man she could love, Devon Marshall, Viscount Huxold.

Old bitterness and a duel kept Leah and Devon from marrying but his trip to the countryside yields an unexpected meeting that brings them back together.

Leah is about to have a child when she encounters Devon. He cannot turn his back on her and even saves her sons life.

Though risky, he proposes marriage to Leah, a way out of her predicament and the means to reenter the ton. Desperate, Leah agrees, but she does not know the real reason he wants a wife and son.

Their old love is easily rekindled, but Devons secret and past indiscretions threaten their love, their family and their hopes for the future.

Cathy Maxwell has written an unusual Regency romance with several plot twists. She has taken the idea of what might have happened to a Jane Austen character who runs off with the wrong man and eventually finds the right one. There is deep emotion and passion in A SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE as well as strong writing and unforgettable characters. SENSUAL (On-sale Feb., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin