After this decree from his grandmother,Richard, Viscount Mallory, goes insearch of the long-lost family heirloom. Imagine his surprise when he spots the exquisite heart-shaped ruby brooch on the bosom of the equally exquisite Lady Isabel Weymouth! Could this popular young socialite actually be a jewel thief?
Richard is determined that the brooch be returned to his family. So when an opportunity presents itself, he pilfers the jewel from the lady's bedroom, but is stunned when she steals it back the very next day! Clearly the enchanting Isabel is a more formidable opponent than he imagined, and the former soldier finds himself battling wits and wills with the captivating temptress. Passion ignites between them as the competition heats up, and suddenly there is more than a ruby brooch at stake in this game of hearts.
Commanded by his formidable grandmother to ease his dying grandfather's mind and find the Mallory Heart, an heirloom ruby that has been missing for 50 years, Richard, Viscount Mallory, heads for the London social scene. Surprised on his first night in town when he finds the jewel adorning the bosom of the lovely Lady Isabel Weymouth, Richard has no qualms about surreptitiously reclaiming it. But Isabel is not about to let an aristocratic thief have the brooch that belonged to her grandmother. The resultant alternating thefts, combined with the sparks that sizzle between the stubborn pair, make for a lively, well-written, satisfying romp that will keep readers engaged until the very end. A popular writer of Regency-set historicals (Once a Gentleman), Hern lives in San Francisco. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.