Witty banter is a weakness of mine and when it’s implemented within a hilariously funny romcom, the story definitely wins me over. Never Fall for Your Fiancée is filled with scrumptious banter between the characters not only between the main protagonists, Hugh and Minerva, but the secondary characters' dialogue had me giggling away.
While I felt the ending was a bit rushed and that some of the middle could have been edited down a bit to allow the ending to be fully fleshed out, the story kept me engaged with it’s quirky and flawed characters.
The budding romance between Hugh and Minerva was adorable and I really enjoyed the part where the “mother” kept ending up inebriated and the crew having to scramble to distract the unsuspecting people who weren’t in on the ruse.
Overall, a lovely historical romcom that was thoroughly entertaining and I can’t wait until the next book in the The Merriwell Sisters series comes out.
Thank you St. Martin’s Press for the advanced reading copy. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Never Fall for Your Fiancee comes out tomorrow!
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?