If you’ve never read a historical rom-com, you’re in for a treat. Virginia Heath has created yet another entertaining romantic tale; and I’m already looking forward to the next in the series.
The trouble with lies is they have a tendency to catch a man out.
The last thing Hugh Standish, Earl of Fareham, wants is a wife.
But since the only way to keep his mother’s matchmaking ways at bay is the promise of
impending nuptials, Hugh takes the most logical action: he invents a fake fiancée.
It’s the perfect plan – until Hugh learns that his mother is on a ship bound for England to meet his ‘beloved’. He needs a solution fast, and when he collides with a mysterious beauty, he might just have found the answer to his prayers.
Minerva Merriwell is desperate for money to support her sisters, and although she knows that posing as the Earl’s fiancée might seem nonsensical, it’s just too good an offer to refuse.
As the Merriwells descend upon Hugh’s estate, the household is thrown into turmoil as everyone tries to keep their tangled stories straight. And with Hugh and Minerva’s romantic ruse turning into the real thing, is true love just one complication too many?
It really is very simple. Don’t fall in love with your fake fiancée. I mean, what’s so hard about that? Minerva and Hugh find out just how difficult a task it is, as they helplessly topple into love.
In terms of characters, there is so much to love in this story. Minerva is eloquently described by her fake fiancé when he says,
“My dear Miss Merriwell, I am not entirely sure what you see when you look in the mirror but I see a very beautiful, intelligent, and confident woman.”
And she is an absolute delight. She’s dependable, strong, fierce and despite the difficulties life has thrown at her, she’s managed to remain optimistic and (mostly) sweet-natured. All the while, she has provided for her younger sisters and ensured they were always protected and cared for. She takes care of them, even when they don’t agree with her decisions.
I do wonder how my opinion of her sisters will change when we get to their stories, as I rather thought of one as unnecessarily shrew-like, and the other painfully bratty.
Hugh is spoiled, there is no denying that. However, beneath that playboy charm lurks a rather sensitive and honourable soul. Yes, he’s a lying scoundrel trying to set a scene of pre-marital bliss that does not exist. He does it for his mother, though. Bless his heart. He’s also holding on to certain secrets and beliefs from his past. The only way for him to really move on is to be honest so that other truths can be revealed to him. Mysterious? Maybe just a touch!
The story is told from the perspectives of both protagonists so we really get a good glimpse into their personalities and intentions.
The banter between Hugh and Minerver is witty and even laugh out loud funny a few times. There are also the sweetest conversations where true natures are revealed. Mix that in with Hugh’s sharp-eyed mother who has no qualms about stating her opinion on her son’s wayward ways, and you’re in for treat.
Overall, an absolutely delightful tale that is sure to make you smile and feel the love! I give Never Fall for Your Fiancée 4.5/5 espresso shots.
About the Author
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Twenty-two books and two Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later, and it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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