Glitz, luxury and decadence—Juliet Montague should be having the time of her life. Her friend’s hen party is being held at the extravagant Chatsfield Hotel, London, but when she is surrounded by perfect, ultra-stylish women, each with rings on their fingers, a fake fiancé seems her only defense.
Until that very same fake fiancé arrives at the party! Now she must persuade Marcus Bainbridge, her older brother’s gorgeous best friend, not to give the game away. But as the charade deepens, will the lines between what’s real and what’s fantasy start to blur?
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This was very short. I was expecting something short, but my copy ended at the 80% mark, so I got even less story than I expected!
I’ve read some things by this author before, and she’s a solid writer who draws you in. It also makes such a difference to read something set in Britain that’s actually written by an author familiar with British English – the language is very different, in a very good way.
The issues I had with this story were pretty standard because of the length. This is one of the fastest-moving relationships I’ve ever read about. We go from zero to everything in not much more than a few hours. Of course it always helps when hero and heroine have a past connection, as these two do. However it was still Very Fast.
I do like the poor downtrodden heroine done well, and you are going to feel sorry for this heroine in this story. I would have preferred fewer references to how thin blondes were ruining her life. The other female characters were all a bit high school-cliquey, which is simply not my experience with grown women anywhere but also a staple of this romance genre, unfortunately.
I would be interested in reading more in this series, preferably a longer story with a bit more to the relationship development. I was never much of a reader of the Presents line in the past, but recently I’ve found a few gems.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.