Mira, Mar 2003, 6.99, 400 pp.
In 1824, Princess Desiree of Mont Nuages returns to London after six months at home nursing a heartache. She loves artist Adam Chillworth, the hermit residing in the attic of 7 Mayfair Square over the objection of the resident ghost. Desiree knows Adam loves her too, but he is too honorable to court her because she believes that he feels he is beneath her social level. Desiree has returned to force her beloved to accept that they belong together forever.
Adam knows nothing can get worse than seeing Desiree as he struggles not to kiss her but he soon learns the rudiments of Murphy's Law when his estranged family come to see him. While trying to establish a relationship with his sibling and ignore his parents, he soon has bigger concerns when someone abducts Desiree with the attacker warning her to stay way from Adam.
The fifth Mayfair Regency romance will provide plenty of enjoyment to series fans on two levels: the love story between two repeat characters and the frustrations of Sir Spivey the ghost. Though the story line starts slow in terms of action, the audience sees deep inside the souls of the lead couple as Adam tries to elude the messages that his heart pumps to his head. The suspense surfaces in the latter half of the plot, but once the action begins it does not stop until Stella Cameron closes the door to another delightful return to 7 Mayfair Square.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner