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TEMPTRESS IN TRAINING
Genre: Regency Period, Historical Romance, England
Readers may recall seamstress Sophie Darshaw hiding in the background of Heino’s last two books. She takes center stage in this spy thriller that has as many tangled threads as one of Sophie’s garments. Though it may seem that the subplots come too fast and furious, if you hang on long enough, everything falls into place as Heino’s intricate plot comes to an exciting climax.
Ever since her father’s disappearance four years ago Sophie Darshaw (née D’Archaud) has been working as a seamstress in Madame Eudora’s high-class brothel. Suddenly Madame sends her to the lecherous Fitzgelder’s country estate. In his hunt for his family’s killers the Earl of Lindley has befriended Fitzgelder, hoping for a lead to the traitors responsible for the deaths. When he rescues Sophie from Fitzgelder, the whirlwind adventure begins.
To escape the house Sophie teams up with members of an acting troupe who are connected to Lindley’s investigation. The earl follows Sophie to a posting inn, where they are almost murdered, to an unexpected reunion with her unscrupulous father, and the discovery that Sophie is in possession of a locket that may be the key to Lindley’s search. Perhaps by seducing Sophie he can get the locket, but he doesn’t know that Sophie has a few tricks she learned from the girls in the brothel up her sleeve and that falling in love with her can be more dangerous than searching for a killer. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jul., 380 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Publisher: BERKLEY SENSATION
Published: July 2011