One of Zebra's veteran Regency writers returns with a scandalous duel of hearts to divert readers.

Jane Ambergate is at the end of her rope. Left destitute by her feckless husband, the beautiful widow must secure another husband by the end of Lady Somercote's extended house party or be thrown into the streets by her husband's relentless creditors. Fortunately, she is not without prospects, if only she can get her shy suitor to come up to scratch.

There is one large stumbling block to her plans. This obstacle, Viscount Thorpe by name, is willing to go to any lengths to seduce the beautiful lady into becoming his mistress. Will Jane listen to her head or her heart?

Ms. King starts out with a promising premise and conflict, but the behavior of the major characters, together with that of the inconsistent secondary characters, will not fullfill many reader expectations. (Apr., 320 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer