Lord Fenton is a gambler, a dandy, and a flirt—and he must marry or else he will be disinherited, stripped of his wealth and his position. He chooses Alice Stanbridge for two simple reasons: he once knew her as a young girl, and she is the least objectionable option available to him.
However, Alice has harbored feelings for Fenton since their first meeting ten years ago, and she believes his proposal is real. When she discovers it is not, she is embarrassed and hurt. However, a match with the most-eligible bachelor in London would secure not only her future but that of her family as well.
Determined to protect herself from making a fool of herself a second time, Alice matches Lord Fenton wit for wit and insult for insult as they move toward a marriage of convenience that is anything but a happy union. Only when faced with family secrets that have shaped Fenton’s life does he let down his guard enough to find room in his heart for Alice. But can Alice risk her heart a second time?
This book proved to be much different than I expected. I don’t want to ruin the story line, so I may not be able to say as much in this review as I might like. Having a true Fob, or Dandy, as a main character was a bit trying at times. I think that was the author’s point though. What makes this book so wonderful is Lord Fenton’s mother. Her perfect love had me in tears by the end of the story. Alice is fun and holds her own against Lord Fenton quite well. The banter is often entertaining. Her realizations at the very end of the story are priceless. I am impressed with this author and want to read more. This Proper Romance line from Shadow Mountain is absolutely wonderful!
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