384 Pages | Casablanca | Historical Romance | 2/22/16
This series will always have a special place on this blog because the first book, Earls Just Want To Have Fun, was the first book I reviewed for this site. I was drawn to Galen’s books because of the fun titles, but what I’ve come to appreciate about this series is how the aristocracy and the lower class rub elbows. Admittedly, going into this book I felt series fatigue setting in but I was curious how she would write the roguish youngest Derring sibling, who dabbles in crime solving.
When Lady Lillian-Anne Lennox is abducted by the villainous street criminal, Beezle, she escapes just in time to accidentally witness him murder a member of Parliament. Now Lila needs some witness protection and amateur sleuth Sir Brook Derring advises Lila get a bodyguard or hide in the country. But Lila is in her last season and she can’t hide out and her father doesn’t want people seeing her with a bodyguard and knowing the trouble she’s caused. It would be socially unacceptable to have some random man following her around. Unless……
It’s marriage of convenience time ! Well, forced marriage of convenience time. No, seriously. Lila’s father makes King George force Brook to marry her.
All I could think while I was reading this book *in the tune of LMFAO’s Shots* was Tropes! Tropes! Tropes ! Tropes ! Tropes ! Tropes ! Tropes ! This book has all the romance tropes; Marriage of Convenience, Enemies to Lovers, Forced Proximity, Pet Moppets. I don’t think this is a bad thing, but it’s like if you wanted a hodge podge of tropes this is the book for you.
Galen delivers another out of the box historical romance as we say goodbye to the Derring family.
I love this cover ! That dress is everything.