AT THE BRIDE HUNT BALL
Parker makes a strong debut as
she navigates the ton in a Regency
version of the reality show The Bachelor. Filled with witty, wry
dialogue and brimming over with
sexual tension, this tale delights.
It takes a daring man to come up with a scheme like this just to find a suitable bride for his brother, and Gabriel Devine, the Duke of Wolverest, is that man. He gathers seven young ladies at his country home to vie for his brother's heart.
But it's Gabriel who's in for the surprise when one of the "contestants," Madelyn Haywood, catches his eye. She's the opposite of the women he usually prefers -- she's outspoken, clumsy and uninterested in marriage. That's what makes the chase exciting, and with a little help from Gabriel's brother and some friends, they're soon caught up in a scandalous passion. (Avon, Jun., 384 pp., $5.99)