Rumours are heavy amongst the Ton that Simon Bassett is about to propose to his friend’s almost on the shelf sister. What they don’t know is that it is all a ruse. Simon wishes to escape from marriage-minded mothers and Daphne hopes to encourage other suitors now that she has attracted the interest of a Duke. As the two spend time together Daphne begins to wonder if the charade could become reality. All she has to do is convince Simon.
This has been recommended to me over and over again and I finally decided to give it a go. All I can say is MEH. I’ve read better and worse. It lacks originality and the contrived drama toward the end really set my teeth on edge.
I enjoyed the early stage of Daphne and Simon’s relationship. They were fun, witty and appeared to be a good pair but once they were married things really changed. They lost that spark just because the author wanted to add drama.
One little thing that annoyed me was when Daphne was hit by a branch and fell from her horse. She seems to forget she’s been injured. I don’t know about anyone else but if I have been thrown from the horse while also on my period I would not want to have sex. Even if it is a reconciliation, that is not happening. Julia Quinn just seemed to forget what she had written which is a pet peeve of mine.
Overall it was an ok read but I don’t see the appeal.