In May Harlequin merges the Love and Laughter line with Silhouette Yours Truly into Duet, a new series of two full length novels published together in one volume.

In the first volume, Christy Ridgway diverts us with THE BRIDESMAIDS BET (3). After a lovely woman bets her brother double or nothing that she will have a steady boyfriend by the end of the next month, she is surprised when his best friend steps into the breach to make her wager come true. Ms. Ridgway pens a pleasant tale full of strong sexual chemistry, good character development and an interesting premise.

Vicki Lewis Thompson contributes the other romance called WITH A STETSON AND A FILE (1). On a dare, a handsome investment banker agrees to drive a cab in New York and gets tangled up with a beautiful ranch owner on an unusual mission. Ms. Thompson builds on the concept of a comedy of errors, but the romance has no real conflict and falls short in the credibility department.

Reviewed by: 
Shannon Short