THE EARL IS MINE
Kramer’s smart, sassy storytelling charms readers because there is always poignancy mixed with passion, tenderness and humor, and the second volume in her House of Brady series is no exception. The fast pace and rapid-fire dialogue make this a quick, enchanting read, with an underlying message of how love changes everything for the better. Readers will smile and sigh.
Gregory Sherwood, Lord Westdale, a budding architect on the road to success, is in need of a wife. When the woman he fancies marries another, he’s heartbroken. Then Pippa Harrington, his childhood friend and nemesis, comes roaring into his life. Pippa is a whirlwind — trouble with a capital T. She’s intent upon escaping an arranged marriage and fleeing to Paris to pursue her dreams. Instead, she ends up in Gregory’s carriage and off to a house party. There, disguised as his valet, she sees aspects of Gregory’s personality and physique that are impossible to resist. Becoming lovers is inevitable, as is the realization that they are perfect for one another. (ST. MARTIN’S, Mar., 380 pp., $7.99)