ROMANCE

The Match of the Century

Avon. (Marrying the Duke, Bk. 1). Dec. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780062388612. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062388629. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Promised from childhood to Gavin Whitridge, the Duke of Baynton, Elin Morris has always known they would wed, even though it was Gavin's younger brother, Ben, who first stole her heart—and more—when they were only teens and then left her shattered when he abruptly went off to the army. Now, years later, Ben is forced to come home as Elin and Gavin are about to announce their engagement, and once again Elin sees that she's never stopped caring for Ben. And if that weren't enough, there's the frightening little matter of someone trying to kill her.
VERDICT Duty and responsibility war with bone-deep love as the nicely developed characters gradually come to terms with the truth. This fast-paced, danger-studded Regency sees its star-crossed lovers get their well-deserved happy ending; a sparkling new series from Maxwell (The Groom Says Yes), who lives in Virginia.

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