Never Fall for Your Fiancee by Virginia Heath

I’ve been super stressed out at work lately, so when my boss told me I could duck out a little early on a dreary Friday, I leapt at the chance. After changing into cozy sweatpants (I’m solidly team no pants with buttons), I was looking for something easy and comforting because my brain and my anxiety have been on high alert lately. I’m trying to work my way through my tremendous backlog of ARCs, so I settled on Never Fall for Your Fiancee by Virginia Heath (generously provided by NetGalley many a moon ago) that has been sitting on my TBR forever.

Never Fall for Your Fiancee by Virginia Heath is a historical romance novel that tells the story of Hugh Standish, Earl of Fareham, who, for “reasons”, has no desire to marry. With his newly remarried mother eager to see him happily ensconced in marital bliss, Hugh invents a fake fiancée named Minerva, whom he describes in detailed letters over the course of two years. When his mother announces her intention to visit and finally meet Hugh’s intended, he hires Minerva Merriwell, a young woman who is desperate for money to set up herself and her sisters, to pose as his fiancée. Predictably, comedy ensues.

This was a charming, if a little cliche, historical romcom. It’s hard to make the fake dating/fiancee trope feel fresh (and it’s admittedly not my favorite) but Heath does a nice of job of including just enough twists and turns to keep the reader invested. The characters were well-fleshed out, the dialogue was witty and fresh, and the ending left me fully satisfied. Having telegraphed the next pairing in the series (Miranda’s sister and Hugh’s ne’er do well best friend), I’m excited to pick up the next installment.

All in all, this book was exactly what I was looking for to cozy up with on a rainy, dreary night. A solid 4 star read.

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