Lee moves back to the Regency, an era she knows quite well, in an emotionally powerful love story of an unlikely pair caught in passion’s web. Strong writing and three-dimensional characters add depth to a powerful and unusual plot that captivates.
As manager of a theater troupe, Scheherazade Martin has small hope of making the respectable marriage of her dreams. She could become the mistress of Brandon Cates, Viscount Blackstone, who offers her carte blanche. Then his young cousin Kit proposes marriage. Scher is torn between gaining her dream or gaining love, but she’s a realist and accepts Kit’s offer. Yet one kiss from Brandon and she’s lost. Brandon feels the powerful connection between them and knows Kit is too young to give Scher what she needs emotionally and physically. But he has painful secrets and a dark past he hides from everyone but Scher. She may be his redemption if only he can find a way to win her trust as well as her passion. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Sep., 368 pp., $7.99)