Avon, Apr 2003, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1819 Lady Clara Stanbourne is a rare aristocrat, as she does not just shout about helping the poor, she acts on her beliefs by running a home for reformed pickpockets. However, she becomes concerned for her young charges when Morgan Pryce moves next door. Clara believes the strange goings-on in the Pryce household is caused by the mysterious newcomer dealing in stolen goods.
Clara decides to assault this unwanted fence in his home, but both becomes shocked by an immediate wanting. Morgan knows he cannot afford to be distracted by romance at this time because he has a dangerous undercover mission to complete. Nothing, not even the beautiful caring Clara, must get in his way at least until he captures the dangerous Specter, who will gladly use a female do-gooder as a pawn. Morgan wonders how to succeed when the woman he loves watches his every move like a hawk prowling after its prey.
DANCE OF SEDUCTION is a wonderful Regency romance that starts off with a series of amusing squabbles between the lead characters before turning into a taut thriller. The story line is loaded with fun and action due to a delightful cast, not just the lead duo, but also an eccentric group of Londoners. Though the Specter and his henchmen pale in comparison to the good guys and gals, sub-genre fans will appreciate this fine historical romantic suspense.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner