This is the sequel to Forbidden Jewel of India. It’s a tale of east meeting west, of cultures colliding and passions igniting. Allen knows her Regency period and its mores. The story is rich in historical detail, has lots of plot twists and two stubborn, adventurous lovers who readers will find compelling.

Ashe Herriard, born and raised in India, agrees to accept his new country and destiny. He knows his duty is to find a suitable wife. Phyllida Hurst is illegitimate, has no dowry and participates in dubious commercial activities, but she will do what she must to help her brother marry well, even if it means tangling with the beautiful and dangerous Lord Clere. Ashe is drawn to her despite her “faults” and repeatedly rescues her. One such rescue leads to a compromising position and marriage. Ashe is determined to introduce his new bride to perfect pleasure. (HARLEQUIN, May, 288 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Maria Ferrer