Title: The Major's Faux Fiancée
Series: The Dukes of War (#4)
Author: Erica Ridley
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: 1st June 2015
Challenges: Winter COYER 2015-2016, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Reading Assignment, 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
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After the death of her father, Daphne is left in the care of a new Guardian; Captain Steele, and she can only think of one way to avoid the marriage he's forcing on her; a false engagement to her childhood friend. Since returning from war without his twin brother or half his leg, Major Bartholomew Blackpool has led a reclusive life away from society. But Daphne's cry for help has him coming out of hiding and into the limelight...
There's always a feel good factor to reading one of Ridley's The Dukes of War series. There's something about knowing that the story will end well when you start it, but not knowing quite how the characters will actually get there that's enjoyable, easy to read and good fun.
In this case there were two characters who quite clearly liked each other a lot from an early stage. What I liked was that they remembered a childhood with each other, but at the same time they both accepted that their original attraction was physical before growing into more.
Daphne is a progressive character for her era, very into charity work and wanting to avoid marriage. It was interesting, especially considering she wasn't titled and was a Vicar's daughter, and that gave her an edge over some of the more traditional Regency heroines.
There was a good chemistry between Blackpool and Daphne, and for the most part their insistance at abstinence helped build the tension between them. There was also a good amount of intellectual sparring and though they disagreed at times, I did feel that they respected each other as characters.
Once again this was an enjoyable read from Ridley and I look forward to more!