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The last of the wallflowers moves into the spotlight as Collins spices up a charming love story with a liberal dose of suspense. Though not as fast paced as others in the series, the passion sizzles and the mystery holds reader attention enough to satisfy.
She may be the last of the “ducklings,” but Lady Madeline Essex is perfectly happy to achieve success as a novelist. Thus, she convinces her brother to take her to a gaming hall for “research.” Maddie never expects to hold a dying man in her arms or be “rescued” by her friend Christian Monteith, Earl of Gresham. Following Maddie’s brother is part of his mission to uncover a potential threat. Christian realizes he cannot keep Maddie in the dark. The only way to keep her safe is to marry her. But their hearts, as well as their lives, are at risk as a madman and a ruthless plot lure them into danger. (ST. MARTIN’S, Feb., 324 pp., $7.99)