Day transfers a traditionally modern-day scenario -- older-woman, younger-man relationship -- to Regency times with ease. A fast pace, strong characters and good verbal repartee all keep the story moving. Though erotic romance readers won't be shocked, some might be intrigued by the rough sex.

Gerard Faulkner, the sixth Marquess of Grayson, is young and in love -- with another man's wife. He needs a wife who won't object to his "outside interests," so Gray convinces his friend Lady Isabel Pelham, a widow with interests of her own, that they should marry. Then Gray's mistress dies giving birth to his child and he disappears for four years.

When he returns a changed man, he wants a real marriage. Though Isabel tries to keep her distance, his rough seduction has her giving in again and again. The sex is fabulous, but it may not be enough to keep them together -- and outside influences, including his witchy mother, could interfere with their happiness. (Brava, Jan., 320 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Brager