Tracy’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Release Date: February 14, 2022
Desperate times call for desperate measures, so when her sister Alice creates a scandal by eloping with a groom, Arabella Bromley hatches a plan to save her younger sister Anne from social annihilation. She approaches Silas Spencer, the Duke of Whittsley with an arrangement that would benefit them both, marriage to save her family’s reputation and finding a husband for Anne in exchange for an heir and a wife happy to be shipped off to the country while her husband continues with his current lifestyle. And to her utter amazement, Silas agrees to her madcap plan but insists that they put the agreement in writing and the addition of a few rules.
Everything starts well, Arabella and Silas get along and enjoy each other’s company, in addition to that, Anne is inundated with suitors, including a handsome French Duc (thanks to Silas), and even Silas’ grumpy maternal grandfather, Lord Mosley seems to be coming around. But before long, both Arabella and Silas realize that the unthinkable has happened, they are falling in love. Which is something that should be cause for rejoicing, but secrets, insecurities, and self-preservation end up tearing them apart. And unless they are willing to break some rules and lay their hearts bare, their HEA may be over before it even begins!
What a completely enchanting read! This book was an absolute delight to read, it was well-written and nicely paced, it had wonderful characters, witty banter, secrets, warm love scenes, great secondary characters, a little bit of angst, a dash of heartache, and finally, a HEA that was enhanced by a very sweet epilogue as well as a new set of “rules”. I loved this book and was so much fun to read that I would be happy to recommend it to anyone!
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*