Vivid, well-rounded characters and lively dialogue between protagonists will capture the attention of readers. Humor is provided by the characters' struggle
for the upper hand in the relationship. This is an excellent finale to the Men of Roxbury trilogy.
Patrick O'Rourke is a successful businessman, a far cry from his beginnings as a pickpocket. The rough Scot has only to look at a picture of the beguiling Lady Katherine Lindsey to determine that she will be his wife. Faint heart never won a true lady's hand, and Patrick discovers this quickly.
Patrick's arrival awakens unknown feelings in Kate, but she must resist. Her defenses hold until the underhanded Scotsman blackmails her into becoming his bride. Once she learns that his "manual" for interacting with her is Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, will Patrick see how shrewish his bride can be, or can they both open themselves to the possibility of love? (Medallion, Feb., 384 pp., $7.95)