Avon, Jun 2003, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1292 England, Fiona Byrne was once Giselle de Coeur THE CRIMSON LADY, a woman who was a very popular courtesan, but also a thief who stole from her wealthy patrons to give to the poor. She still believes in economic redistribution, but has retired from her previous life of crime. She earns her way as a seamstress.
Though his fortune was stolen and his name ruined as he has been declared an outlaw, Braedan de Cantor needs to rescue his foster sister. Braeden's odious uncle sold the lass to a debaucher. He seeks The Crimson Lady to help him save Elizabeth's life. When she refuses, he blackmails her into aiding him with the threat of revealing her identity. As they work in close proximity to save a young lady's life, they fall in love, but fist must complete his quest that, if successful, will provide her with redemption.
THE CRIMSON LADY is an exciting medieval romance starring a strong capable female and a desperate male who needs her help (for a change). Though why Fiona is embarrassed by her past especially in the London slums seems out of character for this confident person, she and Braedan make a fine couple, which inside a loaded plot leads to a fine reading experience.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner