Zebra, Nov 2004, 5.99
In 1820 Miles Montgomery's wife and unborn child died in a fire and his face become's scarred while failing to rescue them. Later, Prince Rudolf Kazanov and Duke John Saint-Germain visit on business. John informs Miles that his wife who is Miles' sister insists he remarry and sire an heir or Terrence the Weasel will inherits the estate.
In Moscow, Princess Amber Kazanov overhears her guardian Uncle Fedor discussing the idea of selling her to slave trader Count Gromeko, who will use her as a breeder. She flees to England and the protection of her cousin Rudolf. Amber tells him she will not be safe until she has a husband and a baby. Rudolf introduces her to Miles, who agrees to let her stay for a few days, but insists he will never marry again. However, even though he feels guilty, Miles is attracted to Amber. He soon realizes he could love Amber, but fears losing her. When the Russians come for her, will Miles intercede to keep the woman he loves?
Miles' constant lament that his scarred face makes him inadequate for love becomes irritable though needed for the climax.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner