THE BARGAIN BRIDE
Metzger returns to her roots with a highly humorous romance complete with quirky characters, plenty of sizzle and laugh-out-loud scenes juxtaposed with tenderness. It's pure fun, utterly charming and guaranteed to chase the chilly weather away.
Persephone Goldthwaite has spent 13 years waiting for her fiance. True, she was only 13 when their fathers arranged the marriage, then he left to fight Napoleon. Now she'd rather cut her losses and move on. With his recently acquired title, there is nothing Kendall Westmoreland, Lord Westfield, would rather do than see Penny end their betrothal -- that's the entire reason he seeks her out. But the scrawny girl has turned into a beautiful woman he can't ignore. When Penny's father proposes she marry her stepmother's heinous son, West saves her by upholding the old agreement. Falling in love comes after falling into bed, but there's trouble afoot -- including a kidnapping -- and through it all their love gives them the power to overcome villainy. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Nov., 380 pp., $6.99)