WHAT THE GROOM WANTS
Lee spins an intriguing tale, illustrating not only her knowledge of the era and her ability to write a suspenseful plot, but also her talent for drawing readers into a story. Readers will enjoy the simultaneous building of the romance and the suspense — one never overshadows the other.
Wendy Drew is co-owner of A Lady’s Favor dress shop by day and a gambling hell hostess by night to pay off her brother’s debt to ruthless Demon Damon. Demon cares about the money, but even more about his obsession to possess Wendy. He’s a man who always gets what he wants. Radley Lyncott fell in love with Wendy before he went to sea. Now, he is home and ready to properly court her. Wendy happily accepts his suit until smallpox wipes out his family and he inherits a dukedom. Wendy fears she is now far below Radley’s station, but he wants nothing more than to continue courting her. While Wendy struggles with her qualms, Demon puts his plan into motion. Radley will not let his title or Demon destroy their happiness. (SOURCEBOOKS, Feb., 392 pp., $7.99)