Avon, Jul 2002, 5.99, 377 pp.
Her guardian whom she has never met signs the document that forces his ward Georgiana Escott to marry a vile old geezer. However, before they wed, her fiancÚ requires proof that he is marrying a virgin so he hires a physician to examine Georgiana. The night before her nuptial physical, Georgie visits the infamous Cyprian's Ball to insure she fails the test.
Branded a traitor, former navy hero Colin Danvers is a man without a country. Needing to escape his troubles, Colin goes to the Cyprian's Ball where he meets Georgie. Both share an incredible night unaware that he is her guardian. Georgie's ploy works in terms of marrying the geriatric, but fails because she cares deeply for her one night stand lover with no hope for a future with him.
ONE NIGHT OF PASSION is an engaging Regency romance that picks up steam from the moment Georgie and Colin meet at the ball. From that point on Georgie comes out of her virginity in several ways that make her into a mature individual that the audience will like. Colin is an interesting hero because his disinterest in what happens to his ward fits a person with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Though the story line depends on the coincidence of a rather petite sized world, fans will enjoy Elizabeth Boyle's entertaining historical.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner