About the Book
Unlikely romance is sometimes just an inconvenient marriage away…
Charlotte Beck may be entering adulthood, but she can’t seem to keep to her stubborn, independent spirit from bucking social protocol. Fed up with her behavior, Charlotte’s father Daniel pressures her to settle into a nice marriage despite knowing she is set on going to college.
Then Daniel sees Charlotte with the handsome but annoying English astronomer Alex Hambly, and everything changes.
Though Alex and Charlotte can barely stand one another, Daniel offers them a deal they can’t refuse: if they agree to marry, he will save Alex’s family from financial ruin and grant Charlotte the freedom to go to college. Reluctantly the couple agrees, but in private they plot to annul the marriage as soon as possible.
But when Alex’s feelings change and he refuses to dissolve their contract, will Charlotte find a way out of her vows? Or will she discover that maybe this marriage isn’t so inconvenient after all?
This book had many “laugh-out-loud” moments that made it quite the enjoyable read. Kathleen tries to liven up the old “marriage of convenience” storyline to give readers something fresh and witty. Some of the cliche elements were still there (mutual attraction masked by contempt, hate turns to love), but overall this story was engaging and amusing.
Charlotte’s character is the prototype spoiled rich girl who wants the world to take her seriously without relinquishing her immature tendencies. Over time she matures, but the essence and spunk of her character is never diminished. Her antics and tantrums began to wear on my nerves by the third quarter of the book, but she eventually comes to her senses.
I wish there was more background on Alex, especially since readers were introduced to Charlotte earlier in the series and already had a foundation for her character. All that reader’s know is the his is a viscount and a war veteran forced to occasionally impersonate his elder twin brother who is suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder. The strained relationship with his parents is alluded to but never fully explained.
This book is divided into two parts with a four year interlude between the two. It didn’t seem very realistic that Charlotte and Alex had no communication with one another between that time period, even though they were engaged. The jump in years was a bit jarring but it eventually all came together with a satisfying conclusion.
**review copy provided by publisher via Blogging for Books**