cover image Along Came a Rogue

Along Came a Rogue

Anna Harrington. Grand Central/Forever, $6.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-1-4555-3405-0

Harrington's second Secret Life of Scoundrels Regency (after Dukes Are Forever) reunites a woman and her first crush, years after they shared a passionate moment. Emily Crenshaw is living quietly in Yorkshire, England, after the death of her husband. Maj. Nathaniel Grey, an emotionally distant war hero, travels to her home so that he can escort her back to London, where her brother is recuperating from a gunshot wound. Emily's refusal to go concerns and confuses him, but when circumstances force them together in close proximity, Grey can't hide the fact that he is drawn to her. Emily knows that there may be no future for them, but she wants to explore the desire she feels for Grey. Emily is a complex protagonist whose intelligence and beauty hide her insecurities about her previous marriage. The attraction between her and Grey is both sensuous and alluring. Harrington has created a richly woven novel, complete with romance, a touch of mystery, and wounded, believable characters. Agent: Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary. (Mar.)