TWO WRONGS MAKE A MARRIAGE
For lightweight humor and fast-paced entertainment, Merrill’s latest is ideal. The snappy dialogue and vivacious characters combine to add levity to a sometimes predictable plot. All in all, a pleasant, quick charmer of a read.
Actor Jack Briggs has been hired to pose as the wealthy Lord Kenton and bag an heiress. After all, kidnapping, dishonoring and being forced to marry to avoid scandal — and conveniently dying in an accident — is just another role for the consummate thespian. He targets Miss Cynthia Banester, but she reverses their roles. To save her family Cynthia needs the money she would receive from marrying Lord Kenton, and she’ll get him at gunpoint. It appears this is a passionate match made in heaven — until after the wedding night, when they each discover the other’s ruse. They must fix the errors of their ways, destroy a heartless villain and, on the way, find love and money. (HARLEQUIN, Oct., 280 pp., $6.25)