Charlie Jonquil is mild-mannered and kind—except when it comes to his one true adversary, Artemis Lancaster. Though Charlie has a brilliant mind for mathematics, Artemis poses a problem he can’t seem to comprehend: how can one be so lovely and so infuriating? A party in London brings him into the company of the maddening young lady, and it is clear that Charlie’s disdain is mutual. But when an unfortunate incident between the pair involving Charlie’s jacket and a glass of raspberry shrub leads to scandal, the sworn enemies are left with only two options: be ruined or be married.
So it is that Artemis finds herself in a most outrageous predicament: she must wed a gentleman she’s hated for years—and she pledges to avoid him at all costs. But it is only when they enter into this mockery of a marriage that Charlie and Artemis learn things are not as simple as they once appeared. As their tentative ceasefire leads to friendship, it seems their marriage born of desperation might lead them to a love that was destined to be.
This book is like a big, giant family reunion. All the characters from both the Jonquil and Lancaster families are present as well as some of the Gents. More than half of the book is devoted to those characters as a way to bring it all to a beautiful happily ever after, blending of families type ending. For those who follow this author and have read all these books (I've read most of them!), this book will probably be a lovely reminder of all the characters you loved and why. If you haven't read these books, well, you are going to be very confused. There are SO MANY characters. You won't be able to keep them all straight. My advice? Start at the beginning. 😊
I did love Charlie and Artemis. I just wish there could have been more of just the two of them. I feel like they sort of became secondary and blended in with all the other characters. But, it's okay. They figured it all out with the help of many, many people who cared. That's great too. Charlie was the star for me. He has such a good heart. I adore him.
I'm not sure I completely bought into the whole Papa/Princess thing. It was probably my biggest hang up in the book. I won't go into details but will just leave it at that.
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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