Claire Truscott makes an unexpected trip to London to visit her new husband, Jasper Barrington, Viscount Fairhurst. But the man she meets there is not the man she married.

Jasper plans to announce his engagement to another woman on the night Claire arrives at his home. He doesn't appreciate Claire's presence and suspects her pose as his wife is a prank.

But Lord Fairhurst is indeed married to Claire—courtesy of his twin, who wanted to protect her from a local villain by giving her Jasper's name and rank.

The resolution of the story's entertaining problems and dissolution of the marriage are suspensefully delayed in secret, at first humorously by Jasper's mother, then romantically by Jasper's passionately growing need to keep Claire as his wife, then later by the sinister plot of the well-drawn 19th-century villain working with Jasper's would-be fiancée. SPICY (Jun., 352 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger