Monday, June 1, 2015

The Major's Faux Fiancee by Erica Ridley (The Dukes of War, #4)

The Major's Faux Fiancee
by Erica Ridley

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Dukes of War - Book 4
Publication Date: June 1, 2015
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
ISBN: 9781939713322
Genre: Historical Romance
Print Length: 231 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

When Major Bartholomew Blackpool learns the girl-next-door from his childhood will be forced into an unwanted marriage, he returns home to play her pretend beau. He figures now that he's missing a leg, a faux fiancĂ©e is the best an ex-soldier can get. He admires her pluck, but the lady deserves a whole man—and he'll ensure she gets one.

Miss Daphne Vaughan hates that crying off will destroy Major Blackpool's chances of finding a real bride. She plots to make him jilt her first. Who cares if it ruins her? She never wanted a husband anyway. But the major is equally determined that she break the engagement. With both of them on their worst behavior, neither expects their fake betrothal to lead to love...

The Major's Faux Fiancee by Erica Ridley

The Major's Faux Fiancee (The Dukes of War, #4)The magic in reading is how the author puts the words together, fitting them in like a puzzle until that final piece on the last page. Erica Ridley’s The Major’s Faux Fiancee fits together creating a familiar scene, but more vivid and brighter. For Regency or historical romance lovers, once again, Ms. Ridley transports us back in time when women were more like precious property, and if they could not fit the mold of clueless elbow dressing, well, they were probably ahead of their time and not prime wife material. Daphne was outspoken, committed to a cause she believed in and willing to give up her own expectations in life to pursue righting great wrongs, even if she had to correspond as a man.

Bartholomew came home from war, a battered and bruised man, not only did he lose part of a leg, he lost his twin brother and spends his time interchanging the self-loathing for having failed to save his brother to the self-loathing for not being a “whole” man. Gentleman that he is, when Daphne is threatened with an insane asylum or having a husband chosen for her, and she begs him to pretend to be her fiancĂ©, he rushes to her rescue. How long can they keep the charade up?

Seriously, you know where this is heading, two misfits, one almost a total recluse, one an advocate for a very liberal cause with the understanding that no man would want her for a wife. Sounds like the perfect recipe for weaving a web and getting entangled in it yourself! What a journey Ms. Ridley takes us on, light-hearted stroll, steeped in archaic customs and the amusement of watching two people destined to be together each try to let the other down easy and give them an out from a precarious situation. Ahh, the Ton, the games people play and the delightful style that Erica Ridley creates each scene, this is reading entertainment, just for the fun of it, in a time when men were men and women did teas and garden parties. Another wonderful read from a talented author!

I received an ARC edition from Intrepid Reads in exchange for my honest review.

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