by Jo Beverley

February 2003
ISBN: 0-451-20807-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Jo Beverley takes us back to Regency England once again, with the story of Tristan Tregallows, Duke of St. Raven.

Tristan didn’t exactly enjoy playing at highwayman, but portraying the Crow was exactly what he was doing this night. Little did he know, but the coach that he was about to rob, would carry a damsel in distress who is on a quest to regain her heritage and her family’s respect.

Cressida Mandeville agrees to accompany Lord Crofton, to his house party that is to be an orgy. The only reason she agrees is to get back into the house that he stole from her father in a game of cards. The house is filled with erotic artifacts that hold a treasure that will enable her family to re-take their place in society and secure their future. If only she can get her hands on the right statue!

But, when a highwayman holds up their carriage, all of Cressida’s plans go up in smoke. And things only get worse, when the Crow decides to kidnap her and take her to his lair. Little does she know, that the Crow is really the Duke of St. Raven in disguise who will become her partner in regaining her family’s wealth.

What ensues is an adventure into the erotic underworld of Regency society, the real Crow’s identity is revealed and a quest is fulfilled. But what Cressida and Tristan really find is a love that will stand the test of time.

This is another bestseller for Jo Beverley. Her characters are full bodied and never boring. There is tons of excitement and adventure as well as some very steamy scenes that will turn your pages to smoldering dust! Cressida is a very determined woman, who knows what she wants and just how she will get it. Tristan, on the other hand, is a man who knows when he’s needed and will go to the ends of the earth to help fulfill a promise he makes to another person.

You will absolutely love this book. A real keeper!

Reviewed in January 2003 by Debbie.

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