I will admit, when I picked up this book, I figured that “arranged marriage” meant that they had been intended for each other since birth. A few pages in, and I realized that wasn’t the case.
Then I thought, “Ok, maybe she secretly loves him and will trap him into a marriage.” Again….not the case.
So then I decided to just go along for the ride and stop trying to predict how the book was going to go. I’m glad I did.
Minerva doesn’t like the Marquess of Blakeney. In fact, he is treated kind of as a laughingstock by her. He was previously engaged to her sister, and she was subjected to unending stories about horses and hunting. After the engagement failed, he left London for a few years. They become reacquainted at her coming out ball, which is being held at his parents’ house, due to the close relationship between the families.
However, things don’t go according to plan. Partway through the night, Minerva has a migraine, takes some medicine, and lays down in the library. An intoxicated Blakeney decides to play a trick on a friend, and thinks that Minerva is someone else when he begins to seduce her. Minerva wakes up as an audience appears in the library door. This means that the incident can’t be hidden and the two are forced to marry.
For Minerva, this is worrisome. She doesn’t know Blakeney well, but her impression is that he is lazy and probably not very smart, even though he graduated from college. Blakeney doesn’t think much of Minerva, especially since she is passionate about politics, which is one thing his family does well – even though he doesn’t have any interest in it.
However much these two individuals don’t see eye to eye, they must learn how to live together and create some sort of relationship. Add the following to the mix – a “best friend” who seems a little slimy and untrustworthy, the death of a father, spies, secrets that have been hidden since school, and families who don’t trust the new spouse – and you get an interesting story that brings you in to the characters’ lives so you feel like you are there with them. That makes for a good story.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.