IN BED WITH A STRANGER
Wine has created a grown-up Cinderella story, complete with deception, sizzling passion, betrayal, greed and ruthless manipulation. The well-drawn backdrop adds depth, and the powerful characters will enhance your reading pleasure.
Anne Cooper is the illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Warwickshire and little more than a servant to his ruthless wife and spoiled daughter, Mary. Brodick McJames needs a bride to hold his clan together, and Mary will do as well as another. But Mary refuses to marry the barbaric Scotsman and commands Anne, who resembles her well enough, to go in her place.
From the moment she arrives in Alcaon, Anne arouses Brodick's passion. She also brings him everything he craves in a companion, and theirs is much more than a marriage of convenience. Once Mary and her mother learn of Anne's happiness, they realize they made a mistake; Mary should be his wife, not Anne. They will stop at nothing, short of murder, to switch the brides. (BRAVA, Jun., 316 pp., $14.00)