Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Book Review: The Rules of Engagement by Jillian Leigh

The Rules of Engagement
Author: Jillian Leigh
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Publish Date: 22 May 2013

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 the 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?

My Review


When Hugh was younger he invented a sickly fiancée to keep the marriage-minded mamas and debutantes at bay. Now he has found the woman he adores and wants to marry, but Lucy won't agree to his proposal without meeting his ex-fiancée and making sure that the poor girl is quite happy without Hugh.
Hugh begs Amelia, his childhood friend, to come to London and pose as his ex-fiancée. Amelia reluctantly agrees, even though she has been in love with Hugh for years, but she has never been able to say no to him. In London, misunderstandings and scandalous rumours abound, and Hugh starts to see Amelia in a different light.

I really enjoyed this novella, it's fun and witty. Amelia and Hugh's close friendship was very obvious, they're really comfortable with each other.
Amelia is very direct and straight forward, she's really likable and friendly. You immediately feel for her, she's in her 30s now and has previously turned down proposals in the hope that Hugh would one day return her love.
Hugh is totally oblivious to Amelia's love, and is taken in by Lucy's blonde beauty. Hugh is also really likable, he's always been a bit of a rake but he's kind and honourable, and rather handsome!

When Hugh's rakish cousin, Aubrey, is added into the mix it provided the perfect eye-opener for Hugh. With Amelia and Aubrey flirting, Hugh can't help but feel a bit possessive and jealous. It's not long before he realises how attractive Amelia is, and starts to feel something other than friendship for her.

The Rules of Engagement is a fun, quick read, and a great introduction to Jillian Leigh's writing!

*I received a copy from the author, for my honest review. Thanks Jillian!

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