The plot of book two of Raleigh's trilogy about illegitimate bachelors looking into the mysteries of their past is an old one, but Raleigh gives it new life with accuracy, originality and passion. Readers will enjoy this delicious and sensual tale.

Ian Breckford is happy with his title of Casanova among London's ton -- it's better than bastard. With the death of his tutor, Ian decides to seek the answers to his past. He arrives at his father's estate, only to fall under the spell of a captivating innocent. Though Ian has bedded the most skilled courtesans, he is unmanned by a vicar's virgin daughter. Mercy Simpson knows a rake when she meets one, but she willingly allows Ian to lead her into exquisite temptation. (ZEBRA, Mar., 352 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Maria Ferrer