SINS OF A VIRGIN
The Trio — three criminals, trained as Britain’s spies, set free when the war is over — finding their way in a new world is the titillating setup for Randol’s series. Smart, sassy, sexy, original and tinged with mystery, the first installment is sure to hook readers. Randol carefully crafts her plot, sets up a powerful conflict and holds readers’ attention from beginning to end.
No longer needed by the Crown but in need of funds, Madeline Valdan devises a daring scheme: She strolls into White’s and announces that she is auctioning off her virginity to the highest bidder. Bow Street runner Gabriel Huntford has spent years hunting criminals, particularly his twin sister’s killer. His new assignment places him in the center of Madeline’s plot. He is to investigate her “suitors.” This will give him access to those he suspects of his sister’s murder. Madeline and Gabriel’s business arrangement escalates to respect and desire. Caught up in the investigation, their love grows — and the danger increases. (AVON, Sep., 380 pp., $7.99)