I'd give this book 3 1/2 stars. The plot was a little fantastic at first: a vicar's daughter with a small portion has a pirate for a guardian (how did he meet the vicar anyway?) and all these eligible and fairly nice men willing to marry her, but she calls for an old childhood friend instead to help her have a fake engagement even though she hasn't seen him in years. And he jumps to help her even though he's been pushing his family and friends away for months because of the injury he received in the war (oh, and his dead brother). Some of these "plot holes" get resolved in the end (sort of) but between that and Bartholomew saying 'faux fiancee" way too many times, I didn't enjoy the book as much as I thought I should. Both Bartholomew and Daphne were obnoxious at times (she was really sanctimonious) and though Ms. Ridley attempted to justify their feelings, they were fairly unlikable. The secondary characters were more fun. Still I like the last part of the book and there was the requisite HEA. I received this as an ARC for an honest review.
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