The Rules of Engagement is a delightful, regency romance novella. Leigh spins a humorous tale of how a gentleman meets a lady he would like to marry...the only problem is he’s already engaged! At least that’s what everyone thinks!
Long ago, to keep ladies looking for a husband away, Hugh Trevalyn made up an imaginary woman whom he told everyone he was engaged to. It was a perfect way to enjoy the company of other women without getting tangled into the marriage web until the day Hugh decides to ask Miss Lucy Meriwether to marry him. Claiming his engagement is no more, Miss Meriwether wants to meet this mysterious woman. In a moment of weakness, he agrees! Now, he must come up with a real person willing to play his ex-fiance! He enlists his dear friend Amelia Grant.
Ah, Miss Amelia Grant, I loved her! Hugh and Amelia have been friends for so long. They have a natural, comfortable relationship - the best of friends. Amelia is full of common sense, and she's pretty straight forward, telling it as it is. They love to have debates on all subjects, and he is always sending her books. Amelia, now into her 30s, has turned down a few proposals of marriage, hoping someday she would receive one from Hugh, but now he’s asking her to pretend to be his former betrothal so he can marry another.
When Miss Meriwether wants to meet the man Amelia is newly betrothed to, it gets even more complicated! Hugh enlists his rakish cousin, Aubrey St. Claire, to be that lucky man. But you’ll have to read it for yourself to find out how this comical scheme turns out!
I really enjoyed The Rules of Engagement! It had me laughing out loud a few times!
4 out of 5 stars!
I received an e-copy of the book for my honest review.
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