Only those in the war office know that Lady Lily Walters is not a simpering belle of the ton who loves foolish chatter and glittering parties. Rather, she flirts outrageously while slipping vital information about Napoleon to the British after she has decoded the messages.

She finds no obstacles to her task until she is rescued by the enigmatic Duke of Remington, while fleeing an attacker. Remington has long enjoyed women, but he has never felt he needed to protect one until Lily lands in his arms.

Remington's insistence that Lily take shelter in his home puts her in a new kind of danger-the peril of falling in love with a rake. Once he has found Lily, Remington is not ready to let her go and thus they become enmeshed in a battle of wills, a war of wits and a struggle to unmask the man who wants Lily dead.

Fast-paced and filled with sprightly dialogue and the wondrous aura of the period, SCOUNDREL is a pure delight to be savored and truly enjoyed. SENSUAL (Feb., 400 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin