What a tangled web.....
I really enjoyed this book about what happens when a girl meets her fictitious husband face-to-face.
Emily Maitland's parents insisted she choose a suitor immediately. She gave her hand to Major Sheridan Blake. The gallant officer was charming, dashing - and completely imaginary. Or so she thought!
Emily Maitland didn't wish to rush into a match with one of the insipid fops she met in London. But since her parents insisted she choose a suitor immediately, she gave her hand to Major Sheridan Blake. The gallant officer was everything Emily desired in a man: He was charming, dashing-and completely imaginary. Happy to be married to a fictitious husband, Emily certainly never expected a counterfeit Major Blake to appear in the flesh and claim her as his bride. Determined to expose the handsome rogue without revealing her own masquerade, Emily didn't count on being swept up in the most fascinating intrigue of all passionate love.
When I started reading this book, the plot seemed so familiar. The heroine invents a fake fiance to get her family off her back. I realized it was identical to the setup in Tessa Dare's recent book, "When a Scot Ties the Knot", but this book was written about 20 years ago, so Debra Dier had the idea first. And I like what she did with it better. If you can overlook the ridiculous premise that someone would invent a fiance, it's quite an enjoyable book. And as the story progressed, it's evident that the heroine can't keep a secret to save her life. But as a plot device to keep the H&h in close proximity to each other, it serves the purpose. The solution to the mystery about who the traitor was somewhat unexpected too.