Rule number one when faking a relationship: never fall in love.
Never Fall for Your Fiancee is book #1 in the Meriwell Sisters series but can be read as a standalone.
Title: Never Fall for Your Fiancee by Virginia Heath
Publication Date: St. Martin’s Griffin (November 9, 2021)
“Filled with fabulously British banter, wit, and heart, this delightful book is one of my must-read rom coms of the year.” – Evie Dunmore, USA Today bestselling author of Portrait of a Scotsman
“Virginia Heath’s fun characters and situations will have you laughing out loud! Don’t miss this wonderful read!” – Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author
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? The first book in the Merriwell Sisters series, Never Fall for Your Fiancée is a hilarious, sparkling historical romantic comedy from Virginia Heath.
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Never Fall for Your Fiancee is book #1 in the new Merriwell Sisters series but can be read as a standalone.
Hugh despaired of his mother’s matchmaking and invented a fiancee to keep her out of his business.
When his mom decided to come all the way from America to meet his beloved, Hugh had no other option but to hire someone to impersonate her.
The plot was adorably absurd, and the characters were comic and entertaining, a trademark of Mrs. Heath.
My favorite character was the heroine’s fake mother, a drunk diva to whom every audience was worthy of a spectacle.
Hugh was an emotional mess, but I could not help but like him.
The heroine, Minerva, was the sane counterpoint, always reasonable and lovely. At times, I thought she could have done better than Hugh, but they were adorable together, stronger because of their differences.
I’m looking forward to reading the story of Minerva’s sisters and Hugh’s friend Giles.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the author for an honest review.
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About the Author
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Fortunately, the lovely people at Harlequin took pity on her and decided to publish her romances, but it still takes her forever to fall asleep.