THE TIGER'S MISTRESS
Hiding in his host's library has certain advantages for the Earl of Bradford, but finding a young woman breaking into the room is not one of them.
With her father gone missing, Miss Portia Hadley has to do something to find him and keep her family safe. Breaking into their enemy's house to get the evidence she needs seems logical, until she bumps into Bradford.
Bradford is searching for some missing documents that will help the government gain Russian support against Napoleon. He enlists Portia's help, in exchange for his aid in finding her father.
Thrust together, following lead after lead, Portia and Bradford find mutual respect and finally love. But will they uncover the documents and unmask a traitor in time to save the country?
There's plenty of action and an intriguing double mystery—Portia's father's disappearance and the missing papers—to keep readers interested, even though the pacing slows after the compelling opening. DaRif knows her time period and how to sustain the suspense. Romance plays second fiddle to mystery, but this is an enjoyable tale. SENSUAL (Sep., 350 pp., $6.99)