Mullins takes on the marriage-of-convenience plot with aplomb. Though the
storyline is not new, her delightful
characters, steamy love scenes and two heartwarming subplots bring pleasure.

Simon, Lord Deveringham, believes he has found the perfect bride in squire's daughter Lucy Heathpot. She loves living in the country, she's passionate and, best of all, she'll leave him alone to pursue his life as a spy for the Crown. Little does he suspect that Lucy will not be left behind. She's out to fight for her husband, even if her rival is a stunning, sensual European contessa that Simon's been courting for knowledge of a French master spy's whereabouts.

Lucy enlists the aid of an outspoken American heiress and utilizes the teachings of an old friend (and spy) to seduce her husband into falling in love and letting her in on his secrets. (Avon, Feb., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin