ROMANCE

The Fairest of Them All

Avon. (Marrying the Duke, Bk. 2). Jun. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780062388636. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062388643. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Returning to London from America for the first time in years, Jack Whitridge nabs a young pickpocket who's just robbed his compatriot and is startled to find he's chased down a lady instead of a lad. Then he's even more stunned when the same lady (who has escaped) turns out to be Lady Charlene Blanchard, the beauty his twin brother, the straitlaced Duke of Baynton, plans to wed. Naturally, Jack intends to get to the bottom of things, but falling in love with his brother's "almost" intended isn't in the cards—until Lady Char takes action.
VERDICT Jealousy, old resentments, and misunderstandings drive the plot of this charming, historically grounded Regency that brings an independent, spirited couple together and cleverly paves the way for the last of the trilogy. Maxwell (The Match of the Century) lives in Virginia.

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