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From the Publisher:
Lord Fenton is a gambler, a dandy, and a flirt-and he must marry or else he will be disinherited, stripped of his wealth and his position. He chooses Alice Stanbridge for two simple reasons: he once knew her as a young girl, and she is the least objectionable option available to him. However, Alice has harbored feelings for Fenton since their first meeting ten years ago, and she believes his proposal is real. When she discovers it is not, she is embarrassed and hurt. However, a match with the most-eligible bachelor in London would secure not only her future but that of her family as well. Determined to protect herself from making a fool of herself a second time, Alice matches Lord Fenton wit for wit and insult for insult as they move toward a marriage of convenience that is anything but a happy union. Only when faced with family secrets that have shaped Fenton’s life does he let down his guard enough to find room in his heart for Alice.
I received an advanced digital reader copy of this book to read through NetGalley, but just as I expected this was a book that I adored and will be adding to my library.
Alice and Lord Fenton are perfect fun characters in this book. There are fights and tension and laughter. I really love Alice. She is headstrong and practical. I wasn’t sure I would like Lord Fenton, and there were some moments when I really didn’t like him. But in the end I did think he was a good guy – he listened to his mother after all. I think most people that read the book would agree – they love Lord Fenton’s mother, but not his father. I also really loved some of the character that were introduced later in the story too – I have such a hard time writing without giving away spoilers. But I loved the twist of Adam.
That being said – I really love how when I read a book by Josi Kilpack there is more to it than just a fluff story too. I feel like while I am reading a romance, I am also reading book that has a little bit of depth to it too. Some more serious subjects can be brought in and talked about without overwhelming me. Sometimes I like a good serious book – and sometimes I don’t. This is a good mix of both. I really appreciate that.
If you enjoy regency romance this is a book you should consider reading. Kilpack is known for her mystery books but just recently has started diving into regency romance. I think the first two have been a success! I know I have really enjoyed them. And while I liked her mystery books as well, I am looking forward to reading more regency romance books from Kilpack in the future. Great clean books.