***I won an ARC of this book, ahead of its November 9th release, through a Goodreads Giveaway***
I enjoy historical romance novels…and when they add the fauxmance to romance trope? I’m in love!
I’ve never read any of Virginia’s writing before and am so glad I stumbled over the summary of this book on the giveaways page.
We have Hugh, a somewhat broody man who thinks he’s a rake incapable of loving just one woman and so refuses to marry…because he doesn’t want to break someone’s heart. At the same time, he doesn’t want to break his mother’s heart by telling her he doesn’t wish to marry…and so he created the perfect-sounding fiance to hold off his mother’s matchmaking. Elaborate lies always have an expiration date…and his is quickly approaching as he finds out his mother intends to cross the ocean to not only meet his “fiance” but see them married.
Now, what is a man to do when he’s spent two years crafting an elaborate story to his mother? As luck would have it (as it always does) he runs into, and white knights for, a woman who is not only gorgeous but also shares the same first name as the fiance he created…a woman who also is struggling financially and could use some assistance.
Minerva Merriwell has spent the past 5 years raising and caring for her two younger sisters since their father abandoned them to do who knows what. Minerva really doesn’t want to help Hugh lie to his mother…though the money she’d make from it would go far in ensuring she keep a roof over her and her sister’s heads.
Hugh and Minerva begin to form a friendship while navigating the story he wove and feelings start to form. Of course, there won’t be smooth sailing, as Hugh had thought, and they’ll be forced to act fast to avoid all the random hurdles that pop up that might spill the beans on their fauxmance.
I enjoyed this story from beginning to end. Hugh constantly thinks of how his thoughts/actions/inactions will affect others and tries his best to prevent others from being hurt because of him…makes me think of that Tiktok sound where they show different people and say “looks like a cinnamon roll but could kill you, looks like they could kill you but is a cinnamon roll…” and Hugh is the sweetest cinnamon roll!
The interactions between the two and how even when they’re upset with or hurt by, each other they still stand up for the other…is just so great to see.
If you’re a fan of historical romance or the fauxmance to romance trope you’ll love this book!