THE HUSBAND LIST
Evanovich and Kelly team up for their first historical, spinning off from Love in a Nutshell, a light, fun and sexually charged confection that incorporates all the glitter and glamour of 19th-century society — tea in London, Newport cliff walks, Central Park bike rides, Fifth Avenue mansions and country estates. The feisty and independent heroine will appeal to modern feminist readers, while the irascible hero is a heartthrob. A quick, plum read!
All American heiress Caroline Maxwell wants is independence — and love with her brother’s best friend, self-made businessman Jack Culhane. However, with her mother set on making her the wife of a future duke, Lord Brem-erton, her dreams seem impossible. Mama rushes them off to Newport, before another debutante can catch Bremerton’s eye, and then across the Atlantic to ensure Caroline becomes the next duchess. The more Jack notices Caroline’s full-figured beauty and spirit, the more he becomes intrigued, and when she starts requesting kissing lessons he is lost to her charms. Caroline’s instincts warn her away from Bremerton and toward Jack. When suspicions about Bremerton’s past surface, Jack becomes a true knight in shining armor, and Caroline shows her mettle. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jan., 320 pp., $27.99)