Mortimer understands the time and place so well that she paints a colorful and accurate portrait of the era — and though her heroine might appear “weak,” she is a woman of her time just as the overbearing duke is a Regency man. Her fans will take pleasure in the latest addition to the series.

Pandora’s friendship with two other widows makes her seem daring, but she is a quiet woman not ready to take on society, or a man like Stratton. When she’s accosted at a ball he comes to her rescue. Rupert finds her intriguing, and when he realizes she is in danger, he becomes even more fascinated with her and the mystery that surrounds her marriage. Though Pandora wishes to keep her secrets, she cannot hide from her growing feeling for Stratton — but will he love her once the truth is revealed? (HARLEQUIN, Dec., 300 pp., $6.25)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin