Once a Madaris man makes up his mind, the lucky lady should just pick out her wedding gown. This entry also comes with a bit of intrigue, and the disparate storylines are woven together successfully. Although Lee Madaris is convinced he’s in control of his destiny, he should know better.

Carly Briggs lands a dream job as head pastry chef at the Grand MD casino in Las Vegas. Another reason for her eagerness to relocate is that she heard a murder being committed — this is a good time to get out of Dodge. Carly reported the crime, but is anxious to put it behind her. Lee Madaris owns the casino and is immediately drawn to Carly. Since Lee knows that he’s next on his great-grandmother’s marriage list, he decides to trump her and convince Carly to marry him. Realizing their intense attraction, she agrees. They build a relationship in spite of the speed. But, in the end, Mama Laverne still manages to have the last word. (KIMANI ARABESQUE, Nov., 320 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jacqui McGugins