Justiss tears away the thin veneer of the ton in her newest to give us a peek into
a world where cruelty and terror hide behind wealth and privilege. Though it comes close to being a convincing portrait of Society and its ills, the promise
of our unconventional leading lady gets lost at the expected genre ending.

Helena Lambarth has been made to suffer for her mother's sin of running off with a lover. Kept as a prisoner by her own father, Helena is only freed at his death, where she honors the last promise she made to her mother: to go to London and become a part of the city's elite ton under the guidance of her mother's distant cousin. Helena expects to learn the rules of the world she's been kept away from, but instead finds herself attracted to the one man she cannot have.

Adam Darnell must find a wealthy bride to remedy his father's mismanagement of the family's finances, and certainly the young wild woman his stepmother adopts cannot help him. It isn't until she's cleaned up and he learns about her real character that his duty is challenged, and then Adam must choose between his honor and his heart. (HQN, Nov., 379 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Anne Black