Enjoy another witty, emotional book in New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Erica Ridley's fan-favorite Dukes of War regency romance series!
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 fiancée 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...
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Strong characters with obvious flaws
My favorite of the series so far
Bartholomew Blackpool went away to war, and came back without his leg or his twin brother, and has not shown his face in society since his return. Daphne Vaughan, his childhood friend, lost her father and is being forced into unwanted marriage by her guardian with the threat of being committed to an asylum if she doesn't comply. When Bartholomew steps up to be Daphne's "faux fiance" until she comes of age and is no longer under her guardian's thumb, the two of them are launched into a journey that makes them realize that life can go on after the horrors of war, and perhaps marriage isn't the worst thing that can happen to an independent young lady.
This is the third full-length novel in the series, and I have to say it's the one I enjoyed the most. Sure, I wanted to slap Bartholomew on the head more than once for wallowing in self-pity, and Daphne does have a one-track mind throughout the majority of the book, but the characters really grow and develop naturally throughout the story. If you only pick up one book in the series, make it this one.
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.