Hannah Kent and Oliver Jennings pledged their hearts to each other as children. Now, years later, Hannah is thrilled to receive an invitation to spend the summer at Oliver’s family’s country estate. The path to wedded bliss is clear—so long as Oliver’s highbrow older brother, Damon, has ceased his juvenile antics, Hannah’s future looks bright indeed.
But from the moment Hannah arrives at Summerhaven, nothing is as she expected. Oliver seems disinterested in renewing their acquaintance, and Damon is not the brutish boy she remembers but a man intent on avoiding marriage. Although she has loathed Damon her whole life, when he contrives a ruse designed to win them both what they desire, Hannah warily agrees. All she has to do to reclaim Oliver’s attention is pretend to be madly in love with Damon. But when Damon is surprisingly convincing in his role as a suitor, it proves difficult to discern the line between pretense and true love.
Tiffany Odekirk believes cooking should take less than thirty minutes, frosting is better than ice cream, and all books should end with happily ever after. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, Tiffany completed an internship with LDS Family Services in adoption and then went on to work with homeless women and children in the non-profit sector. Married to a Broadway star, Tiffany’s days are filled with music, and her nights are spent writing the types of characters she hopes her children will one day marry.
Excerpt from the book:
Damon stepped forward, and his watch key and seal—visible reminders of his status and self-importance—clanked together. He bowed. “Miss Kent.”
“My lord,” I returned with a shallow curtsy.
The corners of his mouth curled into a smile. “I see someone has managed to make a lady out of the wild girl I once knew,” Damon said, and before stepping back in line with his mother, he met my eye and added, “A pity.”
My eyebrows pulled together in surprise.
“Do try not to scowl, Miss Kent. It will crease your lovely brow.”
“Damon Jennings,” Lady Winfield scolded. “You have been taught better manners.”
“My apologies, Mother. Teasing a beautiful woman is one of few things that has yet to be lectured out of me.”
I gaped. Never in all my life had a man spoken so casually to me. Damon may have grown into a man, but he was not a gentleman.
This is a 4.5 star book. I had read Odekirk’s first contemporary romance, so I was intrigued to see how her regency would be. Plus the title and cover is gorgeous!
Hannah grew up going to Summerhaven every summer with her mother. There she played with Oliver and they got into plenty of scrapes. She has loved him since, now they’re grown up and its been years since she’s returned. She’s hoping Ollie will propose to her but he’s aloof. Damon suggests a fake courtship to make him jealous and Hannah agrees – the only thing is Hannah doesn’t want to be near Damon from all his childhood teasing. What is a girl supposed to do?
I love fake dating, definitely more than a love triangle, and there are plenty of swoony moments. Odekirk had me angry, cringing and then happy. All within a few pages. I was cheering for Hannah the whole way through, her highs made me sigh, her lows made me sad.
I didn’t know how it would end, a HEA seemed impossible. But the ending we got was a little predictable and I think there needed to be just a little bit more at the end. Hannah is naive for a large part of the book which was getting frustrating, she kept clinging to her mother’s dreams, and not what was best for her.
There’s a great group of characters and I’m hoping Captain Bromley gets his own book! The first we meet him I was intrigued and got Mr. Darcy vibes. And Lady Margaret. I never cared for Ollie, his character was all over the place. But Damon is such a swoony hero, he is made a better man because of Hannah. And he was already pretty good. The cottage with the roof! Loved it!
I received an e-arc copy from the publisher and Net Galley. This book released on Valentine’s day. Perfect day to release this new clean romance book.