With This Ring - Vanza, Bk 1 Author:Amanda Quick Beatrice Poole knows enough about gothic terrors to have carved out a highly successful career penning "horrid novels." But now, the talented authoress finds herself in the midst of an ominous adventure that rivals anything she's ever written. Her beloved Uncle Reggie is dead, and Beatrice suspects that he was murdered ... more »because of his interest in the Forbidden Rings of Aphrodite, said to give their possessor the most unnatural powers. To uncover the truth, she's sought out a leading authority on antiques: the Earl of Monkrest, a man believed to dabble in the supernatural. And suddenly she finds herself joined in an uneasy alliance with a man who is as fascinating as one of the heroes in her novels.
It takes five minutes in her company for Leo Drake to realize that he has never met a woman more stubborn, more infuriating... or more likely to rescue him from boredom than the alluring Beatrice Poole. So when the daring widow insists upon hunting after a mythic treasure that's lured many men to their doom, Leo refuses to let her go alone. Meanwhile, somewhere in the netherworld of London, a villain lurks, waiting for the couple to unearth the Forbidden Rings -- knowing that when they do, the day will be their last.« less