Long ago, Hugh Trevalyn invented a fiancée to fend off marriage-minded females. Now he must procure the perfect girl to play the part.
Who better than Amelia Grant, his oldest and dearest friend? She alone might understand—and forgive—his moment of madness upon beholding the beautiful Lucy Meriwether, a moment that resulted in Hugh’s first real proposal of marriage and Lucy’s vow to meet his ex-fiancée in the flesh. However, as one proposed conversation snowballs into an elaborate charade involving Hugh’s rakish cousin, scandal, and inappropriate kisses, as Hugh risks Amelia’s friendship to win Lucy’s hand, a wise reader has to wonder: What exactly are the rules of engagement? And, after the battle, whose heart will be won?
Publisher and Release Date: Boroughs Publishing Group, 21 May 2013
Time and Setting: Regency England
Genre: Historical Romance novella
Heat Level: 1
Reviewer Rating: 4 stars
Review by Vikki
The Rules of Engagement is a delightful romp through regency England. Hugh Trevalyn thinks he’s finally met the woman of his dreams, but he has a problem. As a young man about town, he invented a fiancée to avoid the snares put out by marriage-minded females. When he tells his dream woman, Lucy Meriwether, he’s no longer engaged, she tells him she can’t marry him unless she meets his former fiancée, just to make sure he hasn’t wounded the young woman’s tender feelings.
Hugh dashes to Shropshire to see his lifelong friend, Amelia Grant, so he can convince her to pose as his former fiancée. After much persuasion, Amelia finally agrees to go to London and meet with Lucy. When she meets with her, the only way Amelia can convince Lucy she isn’t distraught over the break-up is to invent a fiancé for herself.
Now, Hugh has yet another dilemma on his hands. Lucy wants to meet Amelia’s fiancé, so he convinces his cousin to pretend to be Amelia’s betrothed. The only problem is that Aubrey is a rake of the highest order, and Hugh doesn’t trust him around Amelia. I’ll leave the rest of this hilarious story for you to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the humor in this book. It was very well-written and had me laughing much of the time. I highly recommend this delightfully, funny and unique love story.