Avon, Oct 1 2010, $7.99
In 1818 in England, Eliza Farrell computes Lord Edward Neville’s astrological chart. Known as Lord Lightning, he has the reputation as a womanizer with no heart. However, she insists he conceals behind his philandering his desire to find true love. Her actions and prank he pulled that backfired lead to Edward’s current mistress leaving him.
Edward demands Eliza come with him when he visits his mom to comply with his brother’s will. Eliza agrees as she can make some money and also observe how accurate her reading of her host is. Eliza acts the role he demanded of her leading to his mother wanting her to leave. However, Edward likes her and they become lovers until tragedy strikes.
The use of an astrologer as the lead female brings freshness to what would otherwise be a typical by the book Regency romance. Instead Eliza’s charting and the reaction of the rakehell’s mom to his latest unacceptable “fallen” female make for a fun historical that fans will appreciate. As the rake and the astrologer fall in love, E squared equals electrifying love and an enjoyable read for sub-genre fans.