Date read: November 21, 2016
Dukes Behaving Badly
1. The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior
1.5. When Good Earls Go Bad
2. Put Up Your Duke
2.5. No Groom at the Inn - Paperback | Kindle
3. One-Eyed Dukes are Wild
4. Why Do Dukes Fall in Love
5. My Fair Duchess
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In this Dukes Behaving Badly holiday novella, a young lady entertains a sudden proposal of marriage—to a man she’s only just met...Thoughts on No Groom at the Inn: I have to admit I get a kick out of pretend couples turning into something more. Especially when the self-avowed bachelor just can't keep his eyes or his thoughts off his fake fiancee. That our heroine is intelligent and able to keep her head in any situation just makes it better.
What does a lady do when a man she’s never seen before offers his hand in marriage? Lady Sophronia Bettesford doesn’t scream and run away. Instead, she accepts the shocking proposition. After all, what’s her other choice? To live with her cousin, caring for six children and a barnyard full of chickens?
James Archer has roamed the world, determined never to settle down. He’s faced danger and disaster…he fears nothing and no one—except his mother and her matchmaking ways. So when ordered to attend a Christmastime house party filled with holiday cheer and simpering young misses, he produces—a fiancée!
Sophronia and James vow to pretend to be in love for one month. But when they promise to give each other a Christmas kiss, it becomes clear that this pact made out of necessity might just be turning into love.
Considering the alternative, I completely understand why Sophronia was willing to help a man she didn't know. That she had to convince Jamie's curious, doting mama and the bevy of eligible ladies being presented to him that they were a solid match couldn't have been easy, but she did it. And the more time she spent with Jamie, the more she grew to admire him.
I'm sure his impressively large biceps had nothing to do with it, either.
I loved, loved, LOVED Jamie's way of declaring himself. It was so perfectly suited to Sophy that it made me grin. From the punny title to the simmering tension, this entire book made me happy. *thumbs up all around*