THE VISCOUNT'S BETROTHAL
With a charming cast of characters, Allen takes a simple plot and adds sprightly dialogue in perfect keeping with the era. She entertains readers seeking a quick, well-crafted, uncomplicated comfort read.
While visiting his sister in the country, Viscount Weston suspects there's a bit of matchmaking going on. Why is she so insistent their neighbors and their spinster daughter pay a call? It's time to make a quick getaway.
Miss Decima Ross is thinking the same thing. But she and the viscount meet anyway when they're caught in a blizzard and seek refuge in a small cottage. There is an instant bond between them, but Dessy is wary of marriage, and the viscount is to announce his betrothal to another. However, that can't stop the desire they feel. Once the snowstorm is over, a new storm of passion begins. In a most surprising manner they find a way out of their arranged marriages. (HARLEQUIN, Feb., 300 pp., $5.99)