THE WICKEDEST LORD ALIVE
Brooke’s lively, quick-paced story follows a classic plotline, but with a gothic twist, undercurrents of sexual tension and a lovely cast of characters, this charmer is designed to bring warmth to your heart.
Lady Alexandra was too young to understand why Xavier Westruther, Marquis of Steyne, married her, consummated the marriage and left. She had no idea they were pawns, wed to pay off his mother’s debts. For eight years, Alexandra has lived in a small village under the name Lizzie Allbright and knows Xavier, the Notorious Bachelor, has no plans to be a husband … until he needs an heir to fend off his greedy relatives. Though she vows not to fall in love, Xavier’s kisses make her resolve slip away. Just as it appears they might have a chance at happiness, his mother reappears, bringing danger to them all. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jul., 320 pp., $7.99)