From its opening scene to its breath-catching climax, Liz Carlyle's newest novel is a vividly etched portrait of passion and intrigue. When a woman consumed by sinister secrets opens the door to a strikingly handsome stranger, a powerful desire rushes in -- and a love she could not have imagined.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and Jonet Rowland is surely that. But she is also lovely, rich, and -- it is rumored -- an unrepentant adulteress. When her philandering husband, the marquis of Mercer, is murdered in his own bed, it's whispered that Jonet is a femme fatale in more ways than one. Shunned by society, the daring widow steels herself to fight for what truly matters -- her children.
When his scheming uncle begs him to investigate the death of his brother, Lord Mercer, Captain Cole Amherst refuses. But it is soon apparent that treachery stalks two innocent boys, and Cole plunges into the viper's pit that is Jonet Rowland's life. Nothing could have prepared Cole for the lust Jonet inspires. But as danger swirls about them, he is tortured by doubt. Can an honorable soldier open his shuttered heart and let a wicked widow teach him how to truly love?
The latest from Carlyle (My False Heart) offers up a charming yet erotic Regency that entertains despite a few flaws. Jonet Cameron, the Marchioness of Mercer, is a femme fatale shunned by the ton because of her independent ways, her alleged affairs and the rumors that she killed her husband. Nonetheless, Captain Cole Amherst, a distant cousin by marriage, is persuaded to join her household to tutor her two young sons. From her reputation, Cole knew Jonet would be beautiful, but he is not prepared for the immediate attraction between them--or for her hostile temper. The two are at odds on everything except the safety of the boys, whom they fear may be harmed by the same person who killed Jonet's husband. At first, Jonet believes Cole is a spy for her obnoxious brother-in-law, but the captain soon becomes her family's champion. When attempts are made on the boys' lives, Jonet and Cole join forces to protect them; it doesn't take long before Jonet realizes that she loves Cole. She boldly propositions him, and he tries, without success, to resist. Unfortunately, the lovers cannot plan a future together until they catch a killer. Though the novel contains a jarring moment of S&M, Carlyle delivers great suspense and several sensual love scenes.