cover image Never Trust a Rogue

Never Trust a Rogue

Olivia Drake, St. Martin's Paperbacks, $7.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-312-94346-2

Drake's latest Regency romance hides behind a facade of mystery as a serial killer stalks London's chambermaids. Now that her sister Portia is married (in 2009's Seducing the Heiress), Lindsey Crompton is society's premier heiress, endowed with beauty, brains, and wealth. Uninterested in marriage but fond of snooping, she plans to turn down all offers and start an investigative agency instead. Thane Pallister, earl of Mansfield and an arrogant and dashing war hero, is everything Lindsey dislikes about the nobility, and Drake does little to make him interesting or appealing: his motivation for investigating the murders is murky, just like his personality and his turbulent relationship with his family. The passion between the two is very stop-and-go, and the mystery just a prop to move Lindsey and Thane toward the bedroom. (Sept.)