Zebra, Oct 2004, 5.99, 352 pp.
In Wells, England, highwayman Black Rose accosts Lady Constance Landford demanding her purse and a family heirloom. Constance recognizes the eyes of the masked thief as those of the Marquis of Vere, Gideon Rochelle. She feels guilty that her father ripped off Gideon when he collected on gambling debts of the latter's sire, barely buried, but refuses to give him the jewel. Gideon takes a kiss instead.
The Black Rose stops Gideon's coach and demand he hand over his money. He refuses and the woman posing as the Black Rose copycat challenges him to a duel. Before they start she kisses him. Though she is quite good and would have defeated most men, Gideon disarms her. When he realizes who the Lady Black Rose is he decides she is perfect revenge for what her father did to him and his family. However, he never expected to fall in love with his pawn.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner