Zebra, Sep 2003, 4.99
With both her parents dead and having inherited a coveted fortune, twenty-three year old Maeve Irvine decides to leave her home in Boston to escape the fortune hunters. She travels by sea to London to stay with her Aunt Eleanor Blaine. She plans to hide her wealth, never marry, and earn a living as a portrait artist.
At the embankment in England, Duke Adrian Ashton tells Maeve she looks familiar. Both flirt outrageously before she has to leave. At Eleanor's home, Adrian arrives to take his visiting mother and his daughter home when he recognizes Maeve, who he learns, is cousin to his deceased wife Belinda. He wonders if Maeve is just like Belinda, a cheating spouse who even said she could not be sure that he sired their child that he loves. As Maeve and Adrian fall in love, he runs hot and cold as to whether man eating runs in her family especially when she starts serendipitously visiting a man engaged to someone else.
Though clearly by the book, Regency romance readers will immensely enjoy THE ARTFUL MISS IRVINE, a charming tale made warm and entertaining by the lead duet. Maeve is a brave soul who never expected to find love, but now that it arrives she wants to cherish and enjoy it. However, Adrian, burned once, has problems reconciling his love for Maeve with his previous relationship. Jennifer Malin makes reading fun.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner