Never Fall For Your Fiancée is the first book in a new historical romantic comedy series.
The Earl of Fareham, Hugh Standish, has spent the last two years creating a fictional fiancée to appease his mother and to stop her parading a never-ending line of young ladies in front of him. The fact that she now lives in America has helped him to keep her from meddling in his life; however, she has now announced her intention to meet his bride-to-be.
Hugh has mere weeks to produce a fiancée who fits the vision he has delighted in creating for his mother. While out pondering his dilemma, Hugh feels duty bound to rescue a young women; Miss Merriwell, it appears, is struggling to get the financial reward that she is owed by a businessman. With Hugh’s forceful assistance the man begrudgingly pays up, but it is the discovery that the young woman is called Minerva, the very name of his made-up fiancée, that captures his interest.
Hugh rashly offers Minerva a new business deal; he’ll pay her handsomely to be his fiancée, just until he can fix the lies that he’s been telling.
The story that follows is fun to read as Hugh and Minerva plan to fill the plot holes of Hugh’s story while preparing for his mother’s visit. However, as you can probably guess, not everything goes to plan.
With this new series, author Virginia Heath has stepped away from her previous style of story into this longer version with added comedy. I liked Minerva and Hugh and there were some interesting secondary characters which I hope to see in future books. I particularly enjoyed Hugh’s mother and the lengths she went to when she thought she smelled a lie. I shall look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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The first in a new historical rom-com series, a handsome earl hires a fake fiancée to keep his matchmaking mother at bay, but hilarity ensues when love threatens to complicate everything.
The last thing Hugh Standish, Earl of Fareham, ever wants is a wife. Unfortunately for him, his mother is determined to find him one, even from across the other side of the ocean. So, Hugh invents a fake fiancée to keep his mother’s matchmaking ways at bay. But when Hugh learns his interfering mother is on a ship bound for England, he realizes his complicated, convoluted but convenient ruse is about to implode. Until he collides with a beautiful woman, who might just be the miracle he needs.
Minerva Merriwell has had to struggle to support herself and her two younger sisters ever since their feckless father abandoned them. Work as a woodcut engraver is few and far between, and the Merriwell sisters are nearly penniless. So, when Hugh asks Minerva to pose as his fiancée while his mother is visiting, she knows that while the scheme sounds ludicrous, the offer is too good to pass up.
Once Minerva and her sisters arrive at Hugh’s estate, of course, nothing goes according to his meticulous plan. As hilarity and miscommunication ensue, while everyone tries to keep their tangled stories straight, Hugh and Minerva’s fake engagement starts to turn into a real romance. But can they trust each other, when their relationship started with a lie?