LONDON'S LAST TRUE SCOUNDREL
The Ministry of Marriage series has made quite a mark with readers who delight in twists on the marriage-of-convenience theme. Smart, funny, engaging and simply a joy to read, the latest in the series will have readers turning the pages until the wonderful deep-sigh ending. Brooke’s innovative and fresh voice is quickly turning her into a star of the genre.
Back from the dead, Jonathan Westruther, Earl of Davenport, lives life dangerously. All her life Hilary deVere has tried to live down her family’s scandalous reputation, but when she’s dismissed from her position as a teacher, she must return home to live with her boorish brother. Jonathan is determined to escort the lovely lady home, until she discovers he’s her long-lost betrothed! Jonathan vows to give Hilary an opportunity to find a respectable husband. Hilary reluctantly agrees and discovers there’s far more to the man then meets the eye. Perhaps the Ministry didn’t make a mistake when they matched them up. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jul., 368 pp., $7.99)