SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT
This fast-paced, charming debut, sparkling with witty dialogue and engaging characters, marks Bowman for stardom. Though the plot is not new, there are a few surprises, and Bowman’s entertaining style and colorful descriptions will entice readers to keep turning the pages.
Widowed Countess of Merrill Lily Andrews believes Devon Morgan, Marquis of Colton, to be an inveterate gambler and rakehell, unfit for marriage. When she learns he is to wed an innocent she anonymously pens an incendiary pamphlet — “Secrets of a Wedding Night” — that causes his fiancée to cry off. Devon is intent upon proving Lily is the authoress and seducing her as revenge. Near penniless, Lily is set to launch her sister into society and the marriage mart when Devon makes his move. Their long-ago passion rekindles, and it’s questionable as to who seduces whom. But when Lily’s sister runs off to Gretna Green, Lily and Devon follow and are caught in a gamble of their own making. (ST. MARTIN’S, Oct., 352 pp., $7.99)