Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Blame It On Bath-Caroline Linden

Blame It On Bath

Caroline Linden

Avon, Feb 28 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780062025333

Plan A is for Gerard de Lacey to find the blackmailer threatening his family; his backup plan is to marry wealth so he can pay off the extortionist. Widow Lady Katherine Howe knows Gerald needs funds so she offers him a deal as she needs a husband. She explains that her late older husband’s nephew, his heir Lucien, wants to force her into unholy matrimony as he needs her money; if he fails to wed her he owes her a fortune due to the dowry arrangement. Gerald accepts her proposal of a marriage of convenience.

Katherine conceals from her new spouse that she always has had a crush on him. Meanwhile Gerard finds his wife an equal partner in his investigation and Katherine finds her husband very protective of her. As his admiration grows for Katherine, Gerald falls in love with his passionate mate.

The latest Truth About The Duke (see One Night In London and the prequel I Love The Earl) is an entertaining Regency romance. The marriage of convenience premise has been used a zillion times especially in historical novels but is made fresh by the inquiry into who blackmails the de Lacey siblings. Though Lucien proves too weak an opponent, fans will enjoy the youngest brother working his way through the maze of love.

Harriet Klausner

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