Accused of a crime he didn't commit, Michael Severson has spent the last five years in America. Now he's back to find the man who destroyed his life.

Isabel Halloran is careful to conceal the fact that she is the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman working as a very proper governess. That is, until the night she attempts to prevent her charge from forcing Mr. Severson to marry her..

When Isabel is found in Michael's arms and he realizes whose daughter she is, he plans to marry her as part of his revenge. Isabel refuses, not wanting to marry without love. But when Michael is shot in an ambush, she saves his life and falls in love.

With each night in bed and each day they spend together, Michael believes he has found the perfect wife, not a pawn in his game of retribution. But he must convince Isabel of his love while continuing his quest for the man who ruined his life.

Maxwell delivers a brilliantly told tale that perfectly balances passion, wit and suspense. Deeply romantic and exquisitely crafted, Temptation of a Proper Governess celebrates love's ability to conquer all and bring joy. SENSUAL (Sep., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin