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09 November 2021

Book Review: Never Fall for Your Fiancée by Virginia Heath *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of Never Fall for Your Fiancée by Virginia Heath ahead of the blog tour.

I've had a good run with Virginia Heath books this year, and with Never Fall for Your Fiancée it continues. The book was such raucous fun, the shenanigans and secrets had me with a massive grin on my face the whole time I was reading.

Honestly, this author brings so much joy and humour to their historical romances, and I don't think I'll ever tire of it. I am here for the banter.

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The trouble with lies is they have a tendency to catch a man out.

The last thing Hugh Standish, Earl of Fareham, wants is a wife.  But since the only way to keep his mother’s matchmaking ways at bay is the promise of  impending nuptials, Hugh takes the most logical action: he invents a fake fiancée.

It’s the perfect plan – until Hugh learns that his mother is on a ship bound for England to meet his ‘beloved’. He needs a solution fast, and when he collides with a mysterious beauty, he might just have found the answer to his prayers.

Minerva Merriwell is desperate for money to support her sisters, and although she knows that posing as the Earl’s fiancée might seem nonsensical, it’s just too good an offer to refuse.

As the Merriwells descend upon Hugh’s estate, the household is thrown into turmoil as everyone tries to keep their tangled stories straight. And with Hugh and Minerva’s romantic ruse turning into the real thing, is true love just one complication too many?

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5 Word Review: Secrets, lies, family, society, love.

This book. It filled me with sheer joy. I loved every part of it and it brought me to tears with how much it made me laugh. It is such a fun read and perfect for brightening even the darkest of days.

Hugh tries so hard and puts so much effort into hiding his true self, and boy was I exhausted reading it. I loved seeing Minerva pick him apart and tear down the walls he'd built. I'm not sure I understand why he didn't want to be seen as such a good man, to me it came across as a very clever look at toxic masculinity and how it can be countered.

Minerva is amazing. She's so talented and special, and I loved her deep love for her family. She has had so much responsibilities and life has not been easy for her. Her determination shone through. With her sisters she ended up in the difficult position of being both a sibling and a parent, and it gave great depth to her character as she tried to navigate that.

When it comes to Hugh and Minerva together, goodness me. There is banter and passion and an attraction that they try to deny. It's so much fun, and the slow build up and the change from admiration to love is perfection. The charade that they try to play out definitely complicates things in the most fun way, and made it easier for lines to become blurred.

The setting is wonderful too, and I loved the contrast from where Minerva came from and where she ended up. They're like opposite ends of the spectrum. It led to certain characters being called out about their privilege and challenged about how they conduct themselves, which I thought was excellent.

Have I said how fun this story? I feel like I haven't stressed enough how utterly entertaining Never Fall for Your Fiancée is.

Virginia Heath is queen of putting a massive smile on my face, and I don't think I'll ever turn down the chance to read one of their books. Prepare for your heart to be filled to bursting.
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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. Twenty-two books and two Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later, and it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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  1. Oh this sounds so so interesting! I am getting more into romance books and really love the premise of this book and also how entertaining you found it! I always love a bit of banter and good laugh x

  2. Sounds like an entertaining read! Thanks for the review!

  3. Aw this sounds like such a lovely one! Glad to hear it's funny too, always a win :)

  4. This isn’t the type of book I would normally go for, but after reading your review I may have been persuaded to give it a go! I mean who doesn’t love romance and banter?

    Great review and I have added this to my ever growing TBR list.

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  5. Sounds like a nice little read. I might has to check this books out.


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