No Groom at the Inn (Dukes Behaving Badly #2.5)
Author: Megan Frampton
Release Date: 10 November 2015
Publisher: Avon Impulse
In this Dukes Behaving Badly holiday novella, a young lady entertains a sudden proposal of marriage-to a man she’s only just met.
What does a lady do when a man she’s never seen before offers his hand in marriage? Lady Sophronia Bettesford doesn’t scream and run away. Instead, she accepts the shocking proposition. After all, what’s her other choice? To live with her cousin, caring for six children and a barnyard full of chickens?
James Archer has roamed the world, determined never to settle down. He’s faced danger and disaster…he fears nothing and no one except his mother and her matchmaking ways. So when ordered to attend a Christmastime house party filled with holiday cheer and simpering young misses, he produces a fiancée!
Sophronia and James vow to pretend to be in love for one month. But when they each promise to give each other a Christmas kiss it becomes clear that this pact made out of necessity might just be turning into love.
Our story begins with Lady Sophronia who is awaiting the coach that will transport her to a world of quiet drudgery where she would be looking after her cousin's six children and chickens. An inviting prospect indeed. When a handsome stranger proposes marriage out of the blue, albeit a false engagement, Sophronia doesn't need much convincing to take this opportunity to change her future.
First, I'd like to address our heroine's name. I love odd names, so I thought Sophronia was a brilliant name choice. It suits her as well, she's intelligent and has a rather distinguished mien. Sophronia has a very warm nature and a compassionate heart, I loved the way she treated James' mother. She doesn't sit back and let fate sweep her away but seizes the opportunity to provide herself with a different future and then when she starts to develop feelings for James she decides to seize her time with him, however short it may be.
James was an interesting hero. He's got itchy feet and can't stay in one place for any long periods of time. His interest in foreign artifacts sees him travelling the world, and escaping the fate his father had of being tied to one place. Despite this, he feels his duty as a son keenly and know his mother misses him when he travels. James isn't interested in settling down in marriage and becoming fixed in one place, until he meets Sophronia.
I loved the attraction between James and Sophronia. Neither particularly wish for the complication of feeling an attraction to the other, but it grows and becomes undeniable. I also liked that they truly come to understand each other, especially in James' case. Sophronia understands his compulsion to continually travel and doesn't try to hold him back or change his mind.
My first holiday novella of the year! I do love them. No Groom at the Inn- brilliant title- is a fun and sweet holiday novella that spins just the right amount of Christmas spirit and romance into a short story.
*I received a review copy for my honest opinion. Thank you!
About the Author
Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.
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