O'Clare is a talented author, but this heroine is not entirely likable. The princess is slightly more sympathetic -- she is, after all, stuck in an arranged-marriage scenario and equally unhappy. Still, all the elements of a successful story are here, and O'Clare charms when her three characters embark on a game of espionage and deception.
Jordan Anton's grandfather
has manipulated him onto an island
in order for him to meet -- and propose to -- Princess Tory. All Jordan wants to do is manage his aunt's Montana ranch, but his ruthless
grandfather will cut him off from
his inheritance if he doesn't obey.
Because her family needs the money, Amber Stone has bluffed her way to the island by posing as a social organizer for the "getting acquainted" month set up by the elder Anton. Naturally Jordan is far more taken with Amber than he is with the princess he's only just met -- and who is harboring a doozy of a secret. (APHRODISIA, Nov., 304 pp., $13.95)