YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE
Berne and the Penhallow Dynasty debut with a near-classic Regency romp. With the engaging cast of characters, delightful Cinderella plotline, the arrogant (Mr. Darcy-ish) hero and the joyous road to the characters’ HEA, this charmer heralds a bright new voice in the genre.
When the right time and the right woman comes along, Gabriel Penhallow will do his duty: marry and continue to live his life as he pleases. He never counts on Miss Livia Stuart’s delectable kiss. Livia is an orphan living a dream when one unexpected kiss at a ball thrusts her into an unwanted engagement. Gabriel believes he can still follow his plan. But with his meddlesome family and friends determined to turn Livia into a diamond in the rough, he’s at a loss. Suddenly, the woman he desires is the only one running away, and he’ll need to put aside his pride if he’s to win her heart. (AVON, Mar., 384 pp., $7.99)