A PERFECT SCANDAL
Delicious, tantalizing and riveting are just a few words to describe Gabrielle’s latest “Scandal.” It’s the tale of a desperate miss, a scandalous proposal and a gentleman intrigued by a passionate challenge.
Lady Isabel Cameron’s life’s dream is to study art in Paris and never marry. Her father the earl has other ideas and is about to betroth her to a “waddling” lord who’s 33 years her senior. Isabel is desperate for a way out, when in walks the handsome Marcus Hawksley, the younger son of an earl but persona non grata among the ton for being a stockbroker. He is the perfect man to destroy her reputation. She follows him to solicit his help only to become his only alibi when Marcus is accused of art theft. They strike a bargain — six months in a marriage of convenience and then they will go their separate ways. But six months is enough time for a pretend marriage to become very hot and deliciously real. (ZEBRA, Oct., 304 pp., $5.99)