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"A delightful love story...worth reading again and again."-- Publishers Weekly Starred Review
A life of royalty seems so attractive...until you're invited to live it...Read more...
USA Today Bestseller
"A delightful love story...worth reading again and again."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review
A life of royalty seems so attractive...until you're invited to live it...
Smart, ambitious, and career driven, Bronte Talbot started following British royalty in the gossip mags only to annoy her intellectual father. But her fascination has turned into a not-so-secret guilty pleasure. When she starts dating a charming British doctoral student, she teases him unmercifully about the latest scandals of his royal countrymen, only to find out--to her horror --that she's been having a fling with the nineteenth Duke of Northrop, and now he wants to make her...a duchess?
In spite of her frivolous passion for all things royal, Bronte isn't at all sure she wants the reality. Is becoming royalty every American woman's secret dream, or is it a nightmare of disapproving dowagers, paparazzi, stiff-upper-lip tea parties, and over-the-top hats?
"Laugh-out-loud funny with super sexy overtones."--Catherine Bybee, New York Times bestselling author of Wife By Wednesday
"Take one sparky, sailor-mouthed American girl and one handsome English aristocrat. Put them together and watch the sparks fly. Sizzling fun "-- Jill Mansell, New York Times bestselling author of Nadia Knows Best
"A whole new twist on trans-Atlantic romance-sexy, fresh, and delightfully different."--Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author of Mariana
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-08-06
- Reviewer: Staff
Mulry debuts with a delightful love story between Bronte Talbott and her modern-day duke. Bronte loves everything pop culture, including—perhaps especially—“royal gazing,” mostly because it annoys her intellectual father. After a disastrous relationship with “Mr. Texas,” for whom Bronte moved from her beloved New York to Chicago, advertising exec Bronte meets Max Heyworth, a “lovely young gentleman from England” and doctorial student in economics at the University of Chicago. It’s not long into their whirlwind romance before Max wants to marry Bronte. Only two problems stand in their way: Bronte doesn’t know that Max, who lives like a pauper, is actually the 19th duke of Northrop, and Bronte has some serious issues to work through, not the least of which being, once she does find out, deciding whether she even wants the life of a duchess. This delectable story, a little reminiscent of the movie The Prince and Me, is all about second chances and every girl’s secret fantasy of marrying the perfect guy. Mulry creates a completely fleshed-out character in Bronte, with her insecurity issues and her envious good luck. She and the other characters make this charming book worth reading again and again. Agent: Allison Hunter, Inkwell Management. (Nov.)
Finding a duke of her own
Heroine Bronte Talbott of Megan Mulry’s A Royal Pain never thought her adolescent obsession with British royalty would amount to anything. After all, as a career-driven New Yorker, she lives in a world far from those fantasies. But then a move to Chicago introduces her to sexy British doctoral student Max Heyworth, who has eight weeks left in the States. Bronte considers this the perfect scenario: A relationship with an end date means she won’t lose her heart . . . and Max is irresistible. Despite their bargain to keep things casual, Max confesses how much he cares for Bronte—and that he’s not just a lowly graduate student, but also the Duke of Northrop. Will she go home to England with him? Stunned, the independent Bronte refuses, but promptly realizes she’s miserable without Max. Will she give their relationship a chance, despite financial differences, geographic disparity and Max’s disapproving mother? A modern love story fizzing with bubbles of Cinderella fantasy.
In An Heiress at Heart by Jennifer Delamere, clergyman Geoffrey Somerville inherits a title and with it a brand-new life. Complicating matters is the surprise return from Australia of his brother’s widow Ria, whom Geoffrey has never met. Despite the mystery surrounding the woman, Geoffrey finds himself drawn to her. Life is no easier for Ria. In actual fact, she’s Lizzie Poole, who ran from scandal in London only to discover a near-identical resemblance and a deep friendship between herself and the real-life Ria. When Ria dies and Lizzie is left alone in the world, she fulfills a promise to step into the woman’s life. The idea sounded fine at the time, but now—faced with reality and her feelings for Geoffrey—Lizzie is stymied. The conflicts seem insurmountable in this tender, kisses-only romance, but understanding and forgiveness forge a path for happiness.
TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
Former lovers reunite and their passion reignites in Scorched by Laura Griffin. The discovery of a wanted terrorist’s remains catapults forensic anthropologist Kelsey Quinn into danger, forcing her to run for her life. When her ex, Navy SEAL Gage Brewer, learns she’s missing, he sets out after her. Though Kelsey is afraid to involve him in her trouble—and afraid to get attached emotionally to Gage—she needs his help to determine what’s at stake. They take to the road, following clues and escaping bullets along the way. Togetherness causes sparks to fly, but the old obstacles are still between them: Gage’s love for his job and Kelsey’s fear for him while he’s doing it. But they both see their conflicts through new eyes as they race to prevent a deadly attack. A fast-moving plot with likeable, interesting characters creates a compelling read. Readers will root for Kelsey and Gage to save the day—and their love.