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    Historical Fiction

    Two people that danced around one another for years, played games, misconstrued situations, said hurtful things, hid their feelings and then had to come up with a way to repair a ruined reputation could not have been more entertaining than Constance and Julian. I don’t know if you have ever written something that was not for public consumption that became common fodder but Lady Constance Stonewell had that happen to her and the impact it had on Julian Haywood, the Earl of Apthorp, sees her trying to fix things and THAT sees them engaged but with an expiration date. Little do they realize that their perceptions might be misperceptions and that the time they spend together might make them want more than a pretend engagement. With balls to attend, money matters to deal with, family matters to contend with, people to convince and a steamy scene or two this book was a joy to read from beginning to end. I kept thinking that Constance was immature and often didn’t see the bigger picture or how what she did might impact others but in spite of that I can say that I was thrilled for the couple when they finally achieved their happily ever after. I am rather curious about who will have their story told next and can’t wait to find out. Thank you to NYLA and NetGalley for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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    angst heavy but enjoyable

    Julian Haywood, the Earl of Apthorp, has been ruined for the second time now and is devastated to learn that he's been betrayed by the girl of his dreams, Lady Constance Stonewell. Constance had good intentions, but as usual they've blown up in her face and she's wound up causing problems. To fix everything and save Julian's latest Parliamentary bill from the scandal, she suggests a faux engagement, of course they won't go through with it, but it should be enough to save his reputation. Since it's all pretend and they're not really in love, what could possibly go wrong? Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book, but the level of angst and back and forth between these two just got to be a bit much after awhile. Constance created so many unnecessary problems with her (albeit well-intentioned) meddling and generally made Julian feel awful about himself. Her reasoning for why Julian also made her feel bad about herself was rather immature and a bit of a stretch for me. I just wanted them to communicate like adults and get it together. When one of them finally did, the other didn't. Eventually, they did get it together and we got a satisfactory ending, but it was hard fought. Despite the angst, this was still an enjoyable read and I'd recommend it and intend to go back and read the first book in the series now and continue with the future installments. This was a very well-written book and once I got into it I really didn't want to put it down until I finished. I received a complimentary ARC via NetGalley. Thank you! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    great read

    Lady Constance Stonewell likes to match couples. She thought Earl Apthorp was a bore. So she thinks he wants to marry a certain girl and feels he is not the one for her. So she writes a poem about the Earl and someone puts it in the paper. His reputation is ruined. He also has a bill in parliament that he has sunk a lot of money into. He would also end up destitute. She does not even check her gossip to see if it is right. She has done something like it to his now wife. She almost ruined her. Julian Haywood, the Earl of Apthorp, is devastated that she did this to him. He also worries about his mother and sister, they would have to give up the few things they have left to enjoy. I found, at times, humor also it would be awful if he felt he could never trust her. He had loved her for eight years. I really liked the way that her brother handled the problems she bought on with her impulsiveness. The characters seemed well rounded to me and they were so very lifelike. There were a lot of complications but the author handled them well. Her writing was smooth, easy to read, and kept the interest alive. It was hard to put down and I read it in one sitting. I do recommend this book. It has something for most people. I received this ARC from Net Galley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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    Wonderful

    Beautifully written, with stunning emotional impact that will leave you breathless. I loved Julian and Constance (almost as much as Poppy and Archer, almost...) A word of warning, features high sexual content and touches on abuse.
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    A Unexpected Adventure

    How can a Lady ruin an Earl? Well by printing writing a poem about said Earl that was not complimentary and somehow it gets in the paper for all the Ton to see. So how to repair it? Lady Constance is a matchmaker and thinks that Julian, Earl Apthorp is a very boring man (or so it seems!) and after her missive, his reputation is ruined. She is such a fun, outgoing person who really has a good heart and tries her best to fix the mess she made! So she suggests a fake engagement to help his reputation and save his bill in parliament. But the funny thing is Julian has been in love with Constance for many years. What? There is a lot of back and forth between these two with a lot of angst and sometimes humor. Secrets come out about Julian's source of earnings that is totally unexpected! Can the two come together or will they pull apart? With well written characters that were very likable, rounded out his tale and kept my attention until the end. Although part of a series, this can be read as a standalone But you really want to read the first book!
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