From Russia to England and Cairo, Rogers gives readers a well-crafted story, with complex characters and her sharp eye for detail. She takes them on a journey fraught with danger and revenge and adds just the right amount of sensuality and a large amount of passion. It’s another wonderful read from a mistress of historical romance.

When Emma Linley-Kirov’s sister runs off with two gentlemen, she turns to Dimitri Tipova for help. Known as the Beggar Czar, and the most notorious man in St. Petersburg, Dimitri possesses wealth and a combination of lethal power and sensuality that is dangerous to an innocent like Emma. He has his own reasons for helping her. The illegitimate son of a count, Dimitri is obsessed with the ruin of his nefarious father and his illegal activities. Though Dimitri still wants justice, Emma destroys the demons that close his heart to love as they pursue her sister and meet unexpected danger. (HQN, Nov., 432 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond