Avon, Feb 2003, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1816 country mouse Rowena Riverstone visits London to meet William Corbett, editor of the Political Register. Rowena has submitted several controversial articles under the alias MRR to the Register.
Bow St. Runner Noel Paxton is the current Robin Hood “Saint of Seven Dials” robbing the rich to help the poor. He hopes the guise will enable him to uncover a spy who he believes is connected to Rowena based on her articles. Noel “courts” Rowena expecting to find the connection, but instead discovers that his heart connects to that of the bumpkin. Even as Noel revises his secret agenda to keep his cherished Rowena safe, he may prove too late as his previous efforts to identify and capture the deadly agent through her places his beloved in danger.
Fans of the exciting “Saint of Seven Dials” will enjoy the latest reincarnation of the hero who changes when the previous player falls in love. Even with a hidden agenda, Noel is typical of the champions as he cares what happens to those around him and when he loves he does so with all his soul. INNOCENT PASSIONS is a fine entry that displays why Regency romance readers revere Brenda Hiatt.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner