Rodale is back, this time with a heroine whose penchant for getting into trouble is mightier then her sharp pen. Readers who enjoy empowered women and alpha males will adore this installment in the Writing Girls series. Her quick wit is only matched by her characters’ high jinks and a touch of mystery, though some may believe Rodale could have handled the issue of homosexuality with more sensitivity.

Lord Simon Roxbury’s name fills the pages of two gossip columns. But when the London Weekly’s A Lady of Distinction reports on Lord R’s latest, salacious relationship, all hell breaks loose. Roxbury’s family gives him an ultimatum; matrimony or penury. Lady Julianna Somerset adores her job at the Weekly, reporting on the latest scandals. The only thorn in her side is her rival, A Man About Town. She’s sure she’s scooped him with the Lord R item. But her gossip brings a very angry Roxbury to the paper’s doorstep and a duel ensues. Julianna’s reputation, as well as her job, is nearly ruined. Caught as a pawn between the rival columnists, Simon suggests the only way out of the scandal is a marriage of convenience. They have to fool not only A Man About Town, but the entire ton. Perhaps the only way is for them to fall in love. (AVON, May, 380 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin