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Rising star Emma Jensen follows up her sparkling debut with an even more scintillating comedy of manners brimming with wit and charm sure to steal your heart away.

It is with great reluctance that American heiress Vivian Redmond accedes to her mother's wishes and makes her bow in English society. But even this spirited lass is taken aback by her reception. Stunned looks, whispered asides and awed reverence all greet her first appearance.

For Vivian, it seems, has been recognized as the mysterious beauty whose praises are sung in a pseudonymous canto thought to be Byron's latest work. All the ton is agog, including irresistible rake Noel Windram, a bachelor earl with definitely dishonorable intentions in mind.

The American miss, however, is no fool and is not about to throw her heart away on a rogue no matter how charming he might be. But both beauty and rake are in for quite a surprise.

Utterly at home in this demanding genre, Ms. Jensen writes with a commanding ease that is a delight in itself. Put this author on your "must read" list today. (June, 231 pp., $4.50)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer