The best-intended plan can have unexpected consequences, as Cressida Mandeville learns in Jo Beverley's deliciously sinful escapade, St. Raven. Determined to steal back the family jewels and estate from their unrightful owner, Lord Crofton, Cressida hazards honor and virginity at his hands, only to find herself kidnapped on the road to ruin by Tris Tregallows, the Duke of St. Raven. Stokeley Manor beckons the estate house gambled away by her father to Crofton. Behind the mask of the houri, at Raven's side, Cressida risks discovery by Crofton and, more threatening still, risks the loss of her heart to St. Raven. Beverley evokes with devastating precision the decadent splendor of the English country estate in all its hellish debauchery as St. Raven and Cressida pair up amid the ruins of civilized society in search of the treasure her father has lost. Beverley spins a crafty tale of sensuality and suspense as bewitching as the heady brew served up at Stokeley Manor.

Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in northern Minnesota.

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