cover image The Bride Wore Scarlet

The Bride Wore Scarlet

Liz Carlyle. Avon, $7.99 mass market (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-196576-0

Carlyle continues the Fraternitas paranormal Victorian trilogy (after One Touch of Scandal) with sizzling passion and romance. Ana%C3%AFs de Rohan has spent much of her life training, hoping to join the male-only Fraternitas. The earl of Bessett reluctantly allows her to accompany him on a mission to Brussels where they must pose as husband and wife in order to rescue a young child who has the ability to see into the future. The pretense leads to real attraction that Bessett and Ana%C3%AFs find impossible to ignore, and they also connect on a much deeper level. Bessett admires Ana%C3%AFs's skill with a sword as well as her quick wit and intelligence, and Ana%C3%AFs admires Bessett's compassion and caring despite his occasional dictatorial moments. Readers will eagerly look forward to the stunning conclusion as well as the next installment in this well-crafted series. (Aug.)