From Publishers Weekly
This well-constructed Regency features smoldering love scenes and chapter headers from an imaginary account of arranged marriages that add a touch of charm to the entertainment. Viscount Kendall West Westmoreland and Persephone Penny Goldthwaite finally and reluctantly wed after a 13-year engagement engineered by Penny's family. When West is delayed while traveling, Penny must take up all the duties of a newly minted viscountess; protect West's careless wastrel brother from her own swindling stepbrother; fend off West's jealous and wealthy former lover and plan a grand ball even as she wonders whether her husband will return home in time to attend. Metzger (The Wicked Ways of a True Hero
) takes some interesting chances with her story, populating it with well-drawn and often idiosyncratic characters and keeping it sweet without being sappy. (Nov.)
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Persephone “Penny” Goldwaite was perfectly happy with her life as a bookish spinster. Which is why when her fiancé, Kendall Westmoreland, Viscount Westfield, suddenly turns up in Little Falls 13 years after their betrothal, Penny tries to throw West out of her house, and when that doesn’t work, she throws a punch at him. Although Penny might want out of her engagement, her banker father insists he has a contract with West, which means as far as the wedding goes, the sooner the better. Maneuvered into marrying a man who seems to bring out the worst in her, Penny insists on adding a few clauses of her own to the wedding contract, leaving West to discover that his bargain bride might not be such a bargain after all. Metzger’s deft combination of delightfully original characters, sizzlingly sexy chemistry, and elegant, witty writing work its usual magic in this irresistibly entertaining romance. --John Charles