Haymore uses the Christmas season as an enhancing backdrop for a mystery/romance that is both original and fulfilling. Her fresh voice and ability to build sensual tension into lively love stories peopled by delicious characters makes this tale shine.

Lady Rebecca believes it is time to leave widowhood behind and take a lover. But it must be a man as uninterested in marriage as she — a man like Jack Fulton. An adventurer and rogue, Jack usually wants a simple affair that is satisfying to him and his partner, but suddenly Jack’s past rears its head and he must marry a wealthy woman by Christmas or be exposed as a killer. Rebecca is ideal; she is beautiful, sensual and rich. He adeptly woos Rebecca, whisking her away for a remarkable idyll and she agrees to marry him. But as Jack’s secret comes to light he must choose between his love for Rebecca and ruin, unless she can prove her love is true. (FOREVER, Oct., 380 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin