Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Review: The Major's Faux Fiancee (Dukes of War 4) by Erica Ridley .@ericaridley | Bewitching Bibliophile

Book Title: The Major's Faux Fiancee (Dukes of War 4)
Author:  Erica Ridley |WebsiteTwitterFacebook| Youtube
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Genre: Historical Romance
Series/Standalone: Series Book 4
Format: ebook
Cost: $2.99
Pages: 250
How I got it: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks
Publication Date: June 1, 2015
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When Major Bartholomew Blackpool learns the girl-next-door from his childhood will be forced into an unwanted marriage, he returns home to play her pretend beau. He figures now that he's missing a leg, a faux fiancée is the best an ex-soldier can get. He admires her pluck, but the lady deserves a whole man—and he'll ensure she gets one. Miss Daphne Vaughan hates that crying off will destroy Major Blackpool's chances of finding a real bride. She plots to make him jilt her first. Who cares if it ruins her? She never wanted a husband anyway. But the major is equally determined that she break the engagement. With both of them on their worst behavior, neither expects their fake betrothal to lead to love...
I loved the book. It's my favorite of the series so far.  It was pretty awesome follow up to the others in the series.  I liked the full on meet with the character everyone was talking about.  The pirate was hilarious and what a character he was. I can't wait to read whatever book he is involved in, he seems pretty wacky and I can't believe we only got a few glimpses of him.  His book is going to be awesome (hopefully she is writing one for him because we need one).

As the guardian of Miss Daphne a girl hell-bent on staying single because it's the only way she can help save the world (yeah I'ma let her have that one, because okay girl).  the Pirate known throughout England is not at all happy to have her on his hands, He makes his position clear to Daphne married by Sunday or Bedlam.  Miss Daphne begs her childhood friend for help and from there we get one of the funniest historical stories I have read in a long time.

I loved this one so much.  I laughed so hard when the former friends met up at the wedding, I loved the conversation between Major Blackpool & Captain Grey especially when they discuss Major's cavat it was awesome.  That interaction was so much fun.  I loved how they were in their own heads and how much fun they had challenging each other and at the same working towards their common goals.

I really loved how he kept pointing out that her view was too narrow but she couldn't seem to get it. She kept saying some really stupid stuff because she was so certain she was so righteous.  I loved how as her friends still loved her and still wanted her to succeed even though she wasn't always the most amazing friend.

I really enjoyed it. And the character growth and progression was amazing to read.  I loved how both characters learnt and kept going through changes as the story went on.  The conversations were good, and I loved that even though he was a character who was crippled it didn't really stop Daphne from seeing as a man.  He had so much growth to do, because his family blamed him for the loss of his twin, he is too blamed himself and had so much guilt for not being a better brother that you couldn't help but feel for him.  The 'failures' that he saw and that others didn't seem to see at first were so heartbreaking,  especially when Daphne stopped being so stuck up and began to realize that Bart had a few insecurities due to his leg loss.

Those final scenes though?? Man listen I just kept looking at the page countdown and freaking out like no she hasn't solved it yet, it can't be done.  I can't wait until the other books come out, especially the next one because it's supposed to be a douzie for the friends and especially for ...well no telling would be a spoiler.
Have you read a good regency lately?? Share in the comments down below and we can talk about them.  Thanks for stopping by my loves and Happy Reading

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