You all know by how much I love a historical romance, and when you couple that with fake dating? Instant win in my book. So huge thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of Never Fall for Your Fiancée by Virginia Heath.
|Pub Date: 11-9-21|
Adult- Historical Romance
Hugh Standish, Earl of Fareham, has no desire to wed. The men in Hugh's family weren't the shining examples of fidelity, so Hugh doesn't see why he should put a woman through such heartache. Unfortunately for him, his mother has different plans for him. Even with the entire Atlantic Ocean in between them, Hugh's mother is determined to play matchmaker, so Hugh does what any son would-- he invents a fiancé hoping it will please his busybody mother. But when Hugh learns his mother has boarded a ship bound for England to help plan the wedding, he needs to find a fiancé and fast.
Minerva Merriwell has spent the last few years of her life struggling to survive. Minerva's father abandoned her and her two younger sisters, and she has done all she can to keep the family afloat by working as a woodcarver, but jobs are very few and far between. The sisters are just about destitute when Minerva crosses paths with Hugh, so when he asks her to pose as his fake fiancé, how can she say no? Once Minerva and her sisters arrive at Hugh's estate, nothing seems to go according to plan, and neither she nor Hugh could've predicted the very true feelings their fake engagement would stir up.
If you were to take Bridgerton and mix it with one of those bridal reality shows, you would get this book. It has all the haughtiness you expect from a historical romance while also giving you messy-TLC-level drama, and lemme tell you, I was here for it. That said, I'm not going to pretend it was without faults. The romance between Minerva and Hugh was a slow burn, and when I say that, I mean it was glacially slow. Sure, we get a peck or two here and there, but the real romance doesn't come together until almost the very end. I'm all for building tension, but I also want to feel satisfied along the way. Also, this entire plot is just one massive miscommunication trope. Whether it was between Hugh and his mother or Hugh and Minerva. It got to be utterly frustrating (I'm also just not the biggest fan of that trope.) Even so, I couldn't get enough of this and read it in one sitting. The banter was excellent, and the secondary characters were fantastic, except Vee, who just got on my nerves because she was so petulant. I'm hoping the next book focuses on Diana and Giles because that is a hate-to-love story I need in my life. If not, I'll gladly take a 300-page book of just Payne the butler eviscerating everyone with his snarky remarks. If you enjoy witty historical romance and don't mind a bit of hijinks, this is for you.