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Guhrke's enchanting Girl-Bachelor Chronicles are feminist, sexy and fun, and this one is no exception. This humorous, intelligent love story is a treat to savor.

Long ago, cook's daughter Maria Martingale dreamed of eloping with her employer's son, Lawrence. But his brother, Phillip Hawthorne, the Marquess of Kayne, put a stop to that. Years later Maria returns from France an accomplished pastry chef, prepared to open a fashionable shop next to Phillip's home. She's not about to allow the arrogant lord to dictate to her this time.

Phillip fears that Maria has returned to spoil his brother's marriage to an American heiress. But nothing could be further from the truth, which is that Phillip finds Maria as strong-willed and tempting as he did when they were children. Somehow he must come to terms with his desire for Maria and the love she's ready to share with him. (Avon, Oct., 378 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin