By: Cait Marie
Taking a work call for my best friend in my undies? Check.
Filling in for her after an emergency and getting mistaken for her? Check.
Royally messing it all up until the hot duke-in-waiting I hate but can’t keep my hands off steps in to save me? Uh, check…
Yes, yes, that all sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Until you consider I now have to plan and execute an 80th birthday party for The Dowager Duchess of Devon, and I can’t organise my hairbrushes. The current duchess is the ultimate Type-A personality, determined to micromanage the entire thing.
I’m a type… XYZ…LMNOP… Maybe not even that.
When all my attempts go to hell in half a handbasket—I can’t even mess up properly—the only hope I have to pull this thing off is duke-in-waiting Hugo Edwards.
The dreamy, handsome, makes-my-heart-pitter-patter, arrogant tosspot Hugo Edwards.
He and his brother are the only people who know who I really am. The success of their grandmother’s party relies on us getting along long enough to make it happen—and me and Hugo keeping our hands off one another behind closed doors.
None of which is easy to achieve.
When my best friend shows up to take over from me, the fact that I’ve fallen for Hugo is the least of my worries…
I adore Emma Hart’s books. She hits the nail on the head when it comes to romantic comedy.
When I read this blurb, I IMMEDIATELY signed up to request an ARC. It’s her usual style but set in England… basically, the perfect Caitlin book.
I really enjoyed this story. It was amusing, with the enemies-to-lovers and forced proximity tropes I love. The characters were fun, and I loved seeing the shenanigans unfurl. It was easy to read, and though the romance scenes were fade-to-black, there was still a lot of chemistry between Sophie and Hugo. I had a really hard time putting the book down.
I do wish there had been a little more character development for some, but it didn’t really impact my appreciation for the story. Hugo and his family were great, though I wish I knew what happened with his brother after the ending. Maybe he’ll get a book? But Sophie didn’t have a whole lot of backstory, so I didn’t really connect with her as much. Seeing her parents helped, but I still don’t know what her previous job or relationship history was, which plays into a character’s choices and behaviors.
Again, this didn’t affect the story as a whole. I hadn’t even thought about until after I finished. But a little more development, fleshing out Sophie and the side characters like Cait and Camilla, would’ve been good.
This book was really great, and I would definitely recommend it. I look forward to reading more by Hart!