Hurrah! Robards returns to historical romance with the third Banning sister's story. Graceful prose flows from her pen, giving the tale the era's atmosphere. The wit, adventure and sensuality blend into a great plot, making this a standout.
Lady Elizabeth Banning has a reputation as a jilt. When she bashes her latest betrothed over the head, she needs help getting out of the sticky situation. Her rescuer comes in through the window with a pistol in his hand.
Government assassin Neil Severin is surprised to find Elizabeth when he's come to kill her brother-in-law, Hugh, but he's amused by her proposal that he help her drag her unconscious fiance out of the house. He devises a scheme to abduct her to get to Hugh, but his plan goes awry when she's kidnapped by criminals. Neil rescues Beth and they end up on a harrowing adventure, fleeing the abductors, other assassins and her family. The only way to save Neil from death is to marry him, but will that be enough? (GALLERY, Apr., 400 pp., $25.00)