by Stephanie Laurens

September 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-124636-4
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Mass Market Paperback

Author Stephanie Laurens has made a successful career out of writing connected stories featuring dashing heroes and strong independent heroines in an era when arranged marriages were the norm. Couples married for power, wealth and property, often going their separate ways once the continuance of the line was established. She has broken that stereotype with her Cynster family series, and offers readers more drama with her Bastion Club novels. Now as this series winds down the action seems to be building toward the final book. With the seventh book, The Edge of Desire, we will see how Dearne finds love.

Christian Allardyce, Marquess of Dearne has already found love and lost it. Duty and England came between Christian and his soul mate, and now it is too late. Letitia Vaux did not wait for him. She married George Randall eight years ago while he was still abroad in France. By the time he came home, she had been married for years. The feelings of betrayal run deep, even though they were not formally engaged before he left for war.

Now Letitia is at his doorstep asking for his help. Someone has murdered her husband, and the magistrates are ready to blame her younger brother for the deed. Just because he is a hot-headed Vaux is no indictment for murder. As much as she would have gladly killed the man, she didnít do it either Ė so who did?

Christian cannot refuse to help her. His instincts to protect and defend are ingrained in his nature. Letitia still has the power to move him, and it appears that she is not as unaffected as he expected. There is something odd about her marriage, and in the course of this investigation he means to find out what it is.

Ms. Laurens has drawn on many of her Cynster/Bastion characters to assist this fated couple find happiness at last. From London to the country estates on the Great North Road, The Edge of Desire will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Fast-paced, yet not unreasonably so, the action draws readers from the first page to the stunning revelation that will carry us into the last book. I can hardly wait!

Reviewed in August 2008 by Paula.

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