The Vengeful Bridegroom
Zebra, Sep 1 2010, $5.99
In 1812 England Arnold Duckins bets Lord Vincennes he can find a husband for termagant Madelene Colgate in three days. Duckins set up the wager for his friend, Madelene’s brother, Matthew. Irate “Mad” Madelene understands she has three days to wed her sibling’s choice Mr. Leonard Brelford or her brother ends up in debtor’s prison. He explains she can have the nuptials annulled.
However, her brother’s enemy Gabriel Westcott knows what desperation Colgate faces and what Madelene must do. With the help of his former mistress Caroline Montazy, he pretends to be the chosen one and marries her. Gabriel takes his wife to his remote estate and keeps her under watch so she does not try to escape. Instead Madelene begins to fall in love with her husband and he reciprocates. However, as dangerous incidents occur, Gabriel wants to remain married to Madeline, but make their relationship real.
This is a thrilling fast-paced Regency romance as Gabe falls in love with the sister of his enemy and soon finds his role is to keep his beloved wife safe from an unknown adversary. His fear is the wannabe assassin is her sibling. Character driven from the first wager to the final confrontation, readers will want to know why Gabe loathes Matthew and whether Mad’s sibling is trying to kill his sister in Kit Donner’s second Notorious Bridegroom tale.