Bradford keeps readers rapt throughout this second book in the Wylder Sisters series, a nicely written story. Bradford builds sexual tension and engages readers’ emotions all against the backdrop of Georgian England.

According to his late father’s will, the Duke of Hawkesworth, Hawke, must marry a woman he has never met or be left without a pence to his name. Free spirited Lady Elizabeth Wylder eagerly awaits her meeting with the duke, but the gentleman seems to be dragging his feet. Things go awry when they encounter each other, and Hawke decides that a bit of wooing is in order. After they marry, Lizzie takes up her duties as the countess and a wife, but their idyllic time comes to a bitter end. Can Hawke and Lizzie stop playing games long enough to win each other’s hearts? (BALLANTINE, Oct., 336 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond