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Publisher: Warner Books
Release Date: Jan 2004
ISBN: 044661131X
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre: Regency romance
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Barbara Buhrer
Reviewer Notes:  Explicit sex

By Pamela Britton

      Through the centuries, the Dukes of Wainridge have had a reputation for being licentious, disreputable scoundrels. The present duke (the 8th) Alexander Drumming, the Marquis of Warrick, is more interested in pursuing lawbreakers as a Revenue Commander. One of his latest exploits is arresting the smugglers from the small town, Hollowbrook, which ended the livelihood of the townspeople.

      Alexander is in need of a nursemaid for his eight-year-old daughter Gabriella (Gabby), an uncontrollable brat. When Mary Callaghan applies for the job, he has doubts about hiring her as she really seems disinterested, with no references or experience. During the interview, she meets Gabby and seems to be able to curb her manners. He is unaware that Mary is really the daughter of smuggler, Tobias Brown, who envisions his daughter as a spy in household, tracking his lordship's moves.

      The two become fatally attracted to each other and fight against it. Mary is not only the daughter of his enemy, but also the Royal Circus' famed female stunt rider, Artemis. There ensues a battle against desire when Alex discovers the truth while Mary must discover the truth about her mother.

      This is a delightful story with two colorful protagonists. The atmosphere of the period is well-portrayed with even a cameo appearance by the Prince Regent. There is plenty of action: kidnappings, escapes and glimpses of society of the times. There are many references to sex and seduction; the scenes spectacular, explicit, yet sensitive.