NEVER DARE A DUKE

Author(s): 

Callen chases after a charming premise with delightful characters crafting a lightweight, entertaining romance that's a change from her adventurous, emotionally intense stories.

The only way for journalist Abigail Shaw to save her father's floundering newspaper is to unearth a story so scandalous that everyone will buy the paper. She targets Christopher Cabot, the Duke of Madingley; if she can dig up dirt on the least scandalous person among the ton, the paper will thrive.

Abigail wangles an invitation to a house party where Christopher is to choose a potential bride from a group of ladies, but he's far more intrigued with Abigail than the prospective brides. She suggests they form a pretend attachment, giving him time to find the wife he wants and her time to discover the skeletons in his closet. This would be so simple if they didn't fall in love and become entangled in surprises and matchmaking mayhem. (Avon, Dec., 380 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin