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Publisher's Summary

"Filled with fabulously British banter, wit, and heart, this delightful book is one of my must-read rom coms of the year." (Evie Dunmore, USA Today best-selling author of Portrait of a Scotsman)

“Virginia Heath’s fun characters and situations will have you laughing out loud! Don’t miss this wonderful read!” (Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times best-selling author)

The first in a new historical rom-com series, a handsome earl hires a fake fiancée to keep his matchmaking mother at bay, but hilarity ensues when love threatens to complicate everything.

The last thing Hugh Standish, Earl of Fareham, ever wants is a wife. Unfortunately for him, his mother is determined to find him one, even from across the other side of the ocean. So Hugh invents a fake fiancée to keep his mother’s matchmaking ways at bay. But when Hugh learns his interfering mother is on a ship bound for England, he realizes his complicated, convoluted but convenient ruse is about to implode. Until he collides with a beautiful woman, who might just be the miracle he needs. 

Minerva Merriwell has had to struggle to support herself and her two younger sisters ever since their feckless father abandoned them. Work as a woodcut engraver is few and far between, and the Merriwell sisters are nearly penniless. So when Hugh asks Minerva to pose as his fiancée while his mother is visiting, she knows that while the scheme sounds ludicrous, the offer is too good to pass up. 

Once Minerva and her sisters arrive at Hugh's estate, of course nothing goes according to his meticulous plan. As hilarity and miscommunication ensue while everyone tries to keep their tangled stories straight, Hugh and Minerva’s fake engagement starts to turn into a real romance. But can they trust each other when their relationship started with a lie? The first book in the Merriwell Sisters series, Never Fall for Your Fiancée is a hilarious, sparkling historical romantic comedy from Virginia Heath. 

©2021 Virginia Heath (P)2021 Random House Audio

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It was Excellent!

First book by Virginia Heath that I have listened to. It was full of laughter and a delightful story.

Shane East was as amazing as always as Hugh. Shakira Shute is a new to me narrator and was wonderful as Minerva.

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Nice historical romance

This was a new author for me and I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was a fairly typical historical romance but definitely on the slow burn side with very mild heat and only one slightly steamy scene. The dialogue was clever and the story was nice but it was longer than I needed for what it was and it was bogged down by too much detail that didn’t move the story along. I would have preferred the romance move along a little quicker. Shane East and Shakira Shute did a fabulous job will all the characters and I continued to listen to the book because I enjoyed their performance so much it was worth it.

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Adorable! Hysterical with a bit of the old school rom/com ❤️

If you are a fan of the rom/com of the “His Girl Friday” or “The Philadelphia Story”, and love the regency romance genre, you’ll love this one! Great tension and build up with just enough steam. I will say I disliked the sisters immensely , but they were required elements. Would have loved to have Minerva take down her middle sister a bit.

I will definitely be or-ordering the next book in the series and I’m assuming we will get a third as well.

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One of my faves!

I read this book two months ago and fell in love with it. So sweet and swoony. Then when I found out Shane East narrates Hugh’s voice, I absolutely had to listen to it! I’m in love all over again!

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Great book!

This book was cute, sweet and a little bit sexy, like just enough. Romantic and humorous as well. Brilliant story & wonderful performances by Shakira Shute & Shane East bringing Minerva and Hugh to life! This is a book I'd listen to again and again. I'm looking forward to more!

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Fab, Funny & Absolutely Charming

Original storyline that is everything from full on charm to laugh out loud funny. I would definitely pick up another Virgina Heath book again and will look for anything that has Shakira Shute narrating. She was so much fun as all the characters as was the brilliant Shane East. Need an epilogue, patreon addition, something because I didn't want the book to end yet.

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Wouldn’t Buy It Again

1. The two narrations did not work. Either / or would have been ok but alternating voices was very annoying. 2. The story was an old one, not at all original. 3. I rate a book based on whether I will listen more than once. In this case, I would not. I’d love to return it.

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Cute Premise. Good Performance. Poor Writing.

This books reads like it was written as a novella which the author was told to lengthen into a novel: every pertinent event occurs quickly..
followed by long gaps one it tempted to skip.
A reference to "Like a deer in the headlights" in the 1820s? Please! Headlights weren't invented yet.
And if "ample bosom" repetition was a drinking game everyone would pass out.
It's too bad that the writing quality isn't better because the premise and performance are quite good.

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Slow moments - overall would recommend for a silly romance

I agree with the other reviews - some moments were soooo dull and slow. But I feel like it all wraps up in a nice bow at the end. Why those slow moments happen actually work out. Cute story.

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what a boring story

This story is totally boring. It has nothing to hold your attention. What a waste of time.