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LORD PORTMAN'S TROUBLESOME WIFE
by Mary Nichols

Genre: Historical Romance, England
Setting: England, 1761

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The latest in Mary Nichols' series about the Piccadilly Gentlemen's Club balances the elements of suspense with interesting character growth. Although at times Harry seems cold and remote, Rosamund is charismatic and acts practically in the face of his behavior. Their chemistry will convince readers that despite Harry and Rosamund's unlikely beginning, the relationship will flourish. Nichols' skill is also apparent in the character of Harry's young daughter from a previous marriage. Fans of light romance with a hint of suspense will be pleased with this new tale.

When Miss Rosamund's father dies unexpectedly, he leaves her destitute except for a bag of counterfeit coins that her brother confiscates. Left with few options, she quickly accepts a marriage proposal from the foppish Lord Harry Portman.

Lord Harry Portman prefers to appear the dandy rather than the thief catcher that he really is. He is hot on the trail of a ring of counterfeiters and after his marriage ceremony he frequently returns to the city to try to discover who is behind the fake coins. However, when he takes Rosamund as his wife he doesn't count on the intelligent woman discerning that he is more than he seems. When that the danger of his job is comes closer to his doorstep it seems this new pair may not make it through this adventure to settle into a life of wedded bliss. (HARLEQUIN, Mar., 315pp., $5.99)

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Reviewed By: Kate Girard

Publisher: Harlequin

Published: April 2011

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