THE DUKE IS MINE
Continuing with her original take on classic fairy tales, James charms with an updated version of “The Princess and the Pea.” Her empowered and unconventional heroines, her intelligent heroes and her witty dialogue merge perfectly with modern themes, enthralling readers.
Tarquin, Duke of Sconce, must have the perfect bride and Lady Georgiana Lytton is ideal for the dark, brooding duke. But Georgiana’s outspoken, passionate, witty sister, Olivia, captures his attention. Olivia has long been betrothed to the rather dull Duke of Canterwick. When she meets Quin, desire sparks and she’s more than willing to begin a scandalous affair. Her desire for Quin obliterates rational thought about what this will do to her sister and her fiancé. As the lovers begin their liaison, Quin’s mother is intent upon finding the “ideal” wife for her son; only after a series of “tests” will his bride be chosen. It will take a secret and a mattress to finally answer the questions of just who is the perfect duchess. (AVON, Jan., 400 pp., $7.99)