Never Fall For Your Fiancee by Virginia Heath – Blog Tour

Never Fall for Your Fiancée
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?

‘Filled with fabulously British banter, wit, and heart,
this delightful book is one of my must-read rom-coms of the year’
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Author Bio – 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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Barbara’s Review:

This book had me smiling, giggling, and laughing out loud from the very first line on the first page. While this author’s works are always filled with a bit of humor, this one is definitely filled to the brim. You’ll fall in love with our erstwhile hero, Hugh Standish, Earl of Fareham, whose dearest desires are (1) never to marry, (2) never to hurt anyone’s feelings, and (3) never cause any conflict. We can also admit that Hugh is a gifted storyteller and has never met a tale he couldn’t embellish. When all of those things come together, he is in a whole heap of trouble with no idea how to get out of it. At least he had no idea until he had a chance encounter with Minerva Merriwell who seemed the perfect solution to his woes. Ah, Hugh, remember the saying “if something can go wrong it will go wrong”? You certainly managed to prove the truth of that!

Minerva Merriwell has been solely responsible for her two sisters – Diana and Venus (Vee) – since she was nineteen years old. Actually, long before then, but that is when her worthless father finally left them in Clerkenwell, totally on their own. Minerva had a fairly good income as a wood engraver for prints used in calling cards – until the printer closed. Now, her clients are few and far between, and the shrinkage in their income has put them in danger of losing even the leaky roof over their heads. She was hesitant, but intrigued, when a Lord intervened on her behalf during a dispute – and then offered her 40 pounds to play a role as his betrothed. Goodness – what could a huge sum like 40 pounds do for her and her sisters. Still, she was hesitant, but for some reason, she trusted him to do right by them.

Can Hugh and Minerva pull the wool over Hugh’s mother’s eyes? After all, the woman is traveling halfway around the world to meet her daughter-in-law-to-be. Can she be so easily fooled? His mother is one sharp cookie – OOPS. What about the actress Hugh has hired to play the part of Minerva’s mother? Can she be relied upon or will she put them all to shame? Then, there is Minerva’s sisters – OMGoodness – those girls think this is a huge problem that will bring shame upon them all. What about Minerva’s ‘frozen to death’ father?

Through it all, Hugh and Minerva try to fight their attraction. Hugh because he knows he can never be a faithful husband and Minerva deserves better. Minerva because she knows Hugh is a scoundrel and she has had enough of those in her life. Sometimes though, all is not as it seems and fate has another path in mind for us. Can Minerva and Hugh let go and realize all they could have?

You really, really need to read this book. It is delightfully entertaining, romantic, and witty. You can’t help but love both Hugh and Minerva, and you’ll definitely become totally invested in the fate of the two sisters. Will Diana end up with Giles (Hugh’s best friend) in another book? Will Vee end up chasing after their father? You’ll just have to read this book and the others in the series to find out all of those answers. I can hardly wait for the next Merriwell installment!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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