THE TAMING OF THE ROGUE
McCabe sweeps readers into the world of the Elizabethan theater, delighting us with a lively tale and artfully drawing on the era’s backdrop of bawdy plays, wild actors and thrilling adventure.
Daughter of the owner of the White Heron Theater, Anna Barrett is quite comfortable sewing costumes and serving patrons. Once wed to an abusive husband, Anna keeps away from men, but handsome playwright and actor Robert Alden breaches her guarded heart. As a spy for the queen’s secretary, Robert is on a mission to expose a traitor within the theater. Anna cannot help becoming embroiled in his assignment, or falling into his arms when he whisks her away to a country house party. They both have scars left by the past, and their newfound love will either be their salvation or their ruination, as they work together to unmask a traitor. (HARLEQUIN, May, 280 pp., $6.25)