THE DARK AFFAIR, by Maire Claremont
including a brother on the run from the law, and an opportunity to aid her fellow Irish, she agrees. But there's more to her acquiescence than mere noble altruism, she's powerfully attracted to the viscount. Tense and intriguing, the story of Powers' recovery is set against the horrific details of the completely avoidable Irish famine, when the British government and the ruling classes deemed the people of Ireland mere vermin, expendable and of no concern. The romance, deftly drawn, is woven in with larger issues that make this more than just a story about two people coming to terms with mutual attraction. It's a 4; sex is a 3. If you lvoe historical romances, this one is better than most.