Joyce begins a new series set during the late 1700s when the spirit of revolution was sweeping France. Merging depth of history with romance is nothing new for the multitalented author, but here she also brings in an intensity of political history that is both fascinating and detailed.
Dominic Paget has been a British spy in France for over a year when he is severely wounded and sent to recuperate in Julianne Greystone’s home. Julianne sees what is happening in France as heroic. She believes Dominic is a French patriot, Charles Maurice. It is so easy for her to fall under his spell and for Dominic to seduce her, but when Julianne learns the truth, she vows never to see him again. But when she is arrested for sedition, Julianne must trust Dominic to free her from the Tower. The passion they shared explodes as Julianne tries to understand the workings of her heart and where her loyalties lie. (HQN, Feb., 380 pp., $7.99)