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THE SPARE
by Carolyn Jewel

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Regency England

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As the second son, Captain Sebastian Alexander is considered the "spare." But when his brother is murdered, Sebastian inherits an earldom and a desperate need to find his brother's killer.

He looks to the vibrant, flame-haired Olivia Willow to help in his quest, but she has no memory of the days surrounding the murder. She's returned to Pennhyll in hopes of recalling what happened.

There is an immediate attraction between Sebastian and Olivia, but there are too many unanswered questions that must be explored. What was Olivia's relationship to his brother? How did her family fortune disappear? Why does Olivia's cousin press her into marriage? And can they trust one another enough to uncover the truth?

A conflict, supported by an alpha hero and strong-willed heroine and entangled with a mystery, turns Jewel's tale into a delightful battle-of-wills romance, tinged with suspense. Jewel handles complex plotting with ease and creates a compelling story and characters that captivate. SENSUAL (Feb., 352 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Leisure

Published: February 2004

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