The Major's Faux Fiancee

The Major's Faux Fiancee

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by Erica Ridley
     
 

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When Major Bartholomew Blackpool learns the girl-next-door from his childhood will be forced into an unwanted marriage, he returns home to play her pretend beau. He figures now that he's missing a leg, a faux fiancée is the best an ex-soldier can get. He admires her pluck, but the lady deserves a whole man-and he'll ensure she gets one.

Miss Daphne Vaughan

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When Major Bartholomew Blackpool learns the girl-next-door from his childhood will be forced into an unwanted marriage, he returns home to play her pretend beau. He figures now that he's missing a leg, a faux fiancée is the best an ex-soldier can get. He admires her pluck, but the lady deserves a whole man-and he'll ensure she gets one.

Miss Daphne Vaughan hates that crying off will destroy Major Blackpool's chances of finding a real bride. She plots to make him jilt her first. Who cares if it ruins her? She never wanted a husband anyway. But the major is equally determined that she break the engagement. With both of them on their worst behavior, neither expects their fake betrothal to lead to love...

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ISBN-13:
9781517070816
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2015
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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The Major's Faux Fiancee (Dukes of War, #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
My favorite of the series so far. Loved these characters and the story line. Bartholomew and Daphne are so sweet together. On to the next.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Major Bartholomew Blackpool came back from war missing the lower half of his right leg and his twin brother Edmund. While recovering yet not forgiving himself for leaving his brother behind has stayed a recluse with little to no contact with outside except his servants. Bartholomew's life is turned upside down by a letter from Daphne Vaughan asking for his help. Daphne needs a fiance to thwart her guardian Captain Blackheart from marrying her to someone she doesn't want or sent to Bedlam for being crazy. Bartholomew agrees to the marriage contract but didn't expect to fall for Daphne in the process. Daphne doesn't want a husband because it would mean she couldn't devote her time to her causes that will surely fail if she's married. Can this fake relationship turn into something more? Your answers await you in The Major's Faux Fiancee. This series continues to surprise me in many unexpected ways. The characters and story just seem to leap off the page. I'm hooked from first page to last page. This is fast becoming one of my favorite series.
Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
I love Erica Ridley's books! This series is perhaps my favorite of all romance I have read. The characters are real and you feel for them, either joy or sadness. I enjoy a book that can make me feel like I am part of the story. Daphne is a bit hard headed, but when you hear her story you can understand. "Tolly" is very busy wallowing in self pity, but Daphne changes that for them both. I can not wait to read the next book in this series!
Bewitching_Bibliophile More than 1 year ago
Originally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile I loved the book. It's my favorite of the series so far. It was pretty awesome follow up to the others in the series. I liked the full on meet with the character everyone was talking about. The pirate was hilarious and what a character he was. I can't wait to read whatever book he is involved in, he seems pretty wacky and I can't believe we only got a few glimpses of him. His book is going to be awesome (hopefully she is writing one for him because we need one).  As the guardian of Miss Daphne a girl hell bent on staying single because it's the only way she can help save the world (yeah I'ma let her have that one, because okay girl). the Pirate known throughout England is not at all happy to have her on his hands, He makes his position clear to Daphne married by Sunday or Bedlam. Miss Daphne begs her childhood friend for help and from there we get one of the funniest historical stories I have read in a long time. I loved this one so much. I laughed so hard when the former friends met up at the wedding, I loved the conversation between Major Blackpool & Captain Grey especially when they discuss Major's cavat it was awesome. That interaction was so much fun. I loved how they were in their own heads and how much fun they had challenging each other and at the same working towards their common goals.  I really loved how he kept pointing out that her view was too narrow but she couldn't seem to get it. She kept saying some really stupid stuff because she was so certain she was so righteous. I loved how as her friends still loved her and still wanted her to succeed even though she wasn't always the most amazing friend. I really enjoyed it. And the character growth and progression was amazing to read. I loved how both characters learnt and kept going through changes as the story went on. The conversations were good, and I loved that even though he was a character who was crippled it didn't really stop Daphne from seeing as a man. He had so much growth to do, because his family blamed him for the loss of his twin, he is too blamed himself and had so much guilt for not being a better brother that you couldn't help but feel for him. The 'failures' that he saw and that others didn't seem to see at first were so heartbreaking, especially when Daphne stopped being so stuck up and began to realize that Bart had a few insecurities due to his leg loss. Those final scenes though?? Man listen I just kept looking at the page countdown and freaking out like no she hasn't solved it yet, it can't be done. I can't wait until the other books come out, especially the next one because it's supposed to be a douzie for the friends and especially for ...well no telling would be a spoiler. ¿¿¿¿¿ Have you read a good regency lately?? Share in the comments down below and we can talk about them. Thanks for stopping by my loves and Happy Reading Make sure to check out the other books in the series and my reviews.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Major Bartholomew Blackpool came back from war without a leg and his twin brother. Having retreated from society, he ignores all his friends and family. That is until he receives a letter from a childhood friend. Miss Daphne Vaughan reaches out to Bartholomew when she has no one else to turn to. Her guardian is forcing her to get married to get her out of his hair. She proposes a plan to Bartholomew, in which he will pose as her fiancee until she get her inheritance. At that point, they will break their betrothal and both of them will be free. When the time comes for their break-up, neither wants to ruin the reputation of the other. But what would happen if they made their engagement real? Loved the story!!  Daphne was a different type of heroine. She was a crusader that championed the lower classes instead of ridiculing them as others in her class did at that time.  I loved watching Daphne bring out the "old" Bartholomew. The man that he was before the war. She saw glimpses at that man and made sure to do what she could to bring him out more. I'm very excited to read the next book in the series which comes out in September! Thanks go out to Intrepid Reads via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Great addition to this historical romance series. Miss Daphne Vaughan has been orphaned and her cousin, a notorious pirate, is now her guardian. When he threatens to marry her off or send her to a lunatic asylum she writes to Major Bartholomew Blackpool, one of the the boys who lived next door to her when she was growing up, to ask for his help. He is one of the Dukes of War. He went off to fight Napoleon with two friends and his twin brother but only three of them returned. His twin was killed on the battlefield, he lost a leg and one of the friends lost his mind. He’s avoided all social events and won’t even let his valet help bathe him – no one is allowed to see his injuries. On receiving Daphne’s note he rushes to help her. He agrees to pretend to be betrothed to her for the few weeks until she comes of age and into her own money, at which time one of them can break their engagement.. . . He’s determined to find someone who is whole to marry Daphne. She’s determined never to marry. Will love find a way for these two? This is the fourth book in the series but all the books can be read as standalone. Having said that, they do have characters and events in common so build upon each other – and they’re all enjoyable, too, so it makes sense to read them all if you have the chance! This Regency era drama is another great book to escape into and I have no hesitation in highly recommending it. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
The magic in reading is how the author puts the words together, fitting them in like a puzzle until that final piece on the last page. Erica Ridley’s The Major’s Faux Fiancee fits together creating a familiar scene, but more vivid and brighter. For Regency or historical romance lovers, once again, Ms. Ridley transports us back in time when women were more like precious property, and if they could not fit the mold of clueless elbow dressing, well, they were probably ahead of their time and not prime wife material. Daphne was outspoken, committed to a cause she believed in and willing to give up her own expectations in life to pursue righting great wrongs, even if she had to correspond as a man. Bartholomew came home from war, a battered and bruised man, not only did he lose part of a leg, he lost his twin brother and spends his time interchanging the self-loathing for having failed to save his brother to the self-loathing for not being a “whole” man. Gentleman that he is, when Daphne is threatened with an insane asylum or having a husband chosen for her, and she begs him to pretend to be her fiancé, he rushes to her rescue. How long can they keep the charade up? Seriously, you know where this is heading, two misfits, one almost a total recluse, one an advocate for a very liberal cause with the understanding that no man would want her for a wife. Sounds like the perfect recipe for weaving a web and getting entangled in it yourself! What a journey Ms. Ridley takes us on, light-hearted stroll, steeped in archaic customs and the amusement of watching two people destined to be together each try to let the other down easy and give them an out from a precarious situation. Ahh, the Ton, the games people play and the delightful style that Erica Ridley creates each scene, this is reading entertainment, just for the fun of it, in a time when men were men and women did teas and garden parties. Another wonderful read from a talented author! I received an ARC edition from Intrepid Reads in exchange for my honest review.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th book in the Dukes of War series but can be read as a stand-alone. Daphne has the option to marry the man chosen by her guardian or go to an insane asylum. Not preferring either, she calls on her old friend Bartholomew to come to her rescue and pretend to be her fiancé until her birthday when she receives her inheritance. Bartholomew has been a recluse since his return from the war and feels himself not worthy a wife. He can’t deny Daphne her request and rushes to her rescue. A wonderful historical read, the characters are excellent, Bartholomew so damaged by the loss of his twin and the loss of his leg. The story is fast paced and kept me entertained throughout. Loved it!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
This story is about so much more than meets the eye. Erica Ridley did an exceptional job of writing a story about what a person perceives themselves to be. The Major's Faux Fiancee is a story that consists of central characters coming to terms with circumstances that neither can change. Major Blackpool comes home from war a change man both mentally and physically. Daphne is being forced into marriage even though she is not interested in becoming a wife. Ms. Ridley tackles serious problems that are faced everyday but manages to do so in such a delightfully entertaining way that the reader is mesmerized. Well done, Ms. Ridley well done. I received an ARC of The Major's Faux Fiancee for an honest review. The story speaks for itself.
JeneratedReviews More than 1 year ago
Erica Ridley takes her readers on a beautifully crafted journey of healing and love with the next installment of her Dukes of War series, The Major's Faux Fiancée. There is a fine line in portraying someone's physical and emotional wounds with humor without making them seem clique and offensive and Ms. Ridley did so admirably. The hero and heroine displayed enough emotional depth that what could have come off as a light Regency romance came off as a noble effort of recovery and revelation with a dash of playfulness thrown in. *I received this ARC via Netgalley* *While part of a series this book can be read as a stand alone*
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This book is every bit as good as her previous books. I like reading this story and visiting with old friends. Erica has developed a good, switched up story line. You expect one thing and get another all through the book. Bartholomew comes home from war with a missing twin and the loss of half a leg. He is still in his feeling sorry for himself mode. Daphne has taken it upon herself to save every person who is going through hard times. Daphne has lost her Dad. Spoiler. Her guardian threatens her to be married as he doesn't want her around. Twists and turns. She has only Bartholomew to call on for help. This is them promising to marry after Banks are called. They worry about each other and hide their feelings. You won't  believe the end! Spoilers. I hope you choose this book to read. There is lots of action and it's hard to walk away from. Enjoy this story!  I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Major Bartholomew Blackpool went to war and lost his twin brother and his right leg at Waterloo. After spending months healing and wallowing in self-pity he finally rouses himself to go to the rescue of Miss Daphne Vaughan – a childhood acquaintance. Both Bartholomew and Daphne are focused on their own issues and neither is really interested in marriage though they agree to pretend to be engaged for a space of time. Will Bartholomew overcome his body image issues? Will Daphne find someone to see her for who she is and truly care for her? That is what this charming Regency romance is all about. This is another wonderful story in the Dukes of War series and I look forward to reading more of this series in the future. Thank you to the author and NetGalley for the copy of this book to read and review.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
THE MAJOR&rsquo;S FAUX FIANCEE is more serious than I expected but so splendid, romantic and emotional; again Erica Ridley strikes gold. The Major&rsquo;s return from the war has some really tragic elements, and the shadow of his dead twin brother permeates his whole existence, but there are plenty of amusing moments to lighten things up as Daphne and Bartholomew, childhood friends, pretend to be in love to save her from marriage to whomever her guardian chooses, or worse Bedlam! And what a fabulous cast of characters, so colourfully and precisely described by Ms. Ridley: Crabtree, Bartholomew&rsquo;s butler and Fitz his valet, who admonishes the Major; Daphne&rsquo;s guardian who is in fact a pirate, and one of my favourites: Sarah.  The story is solid and original: I loved how the friends reconnect and how they face their own shortcomings. The writing is graceful, stunning in its simplicity and elegance; it is simply brilliant. THE MAJOR&rsquo;S FAUX FIANCEE is my favourite book in this fabulous series so far, and this is saying a lot! And I am overjoyed that the next book will be Sarah&rsquo;s. I could live in the world of <i> The Dukes of War </i> forever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prior to the war, Major Bartholomew Blackpool saw himself was &quot;the most infamous rake, the most imitated Corinthian.&quot; Then he went to war with his twin brother and friends.  Upon his return to London he viewed himself as less than a man; not having his once perfect body, a cripple. He's a recluse in his home; hiding even from his servants and the pity he knows he'll see in their eyes. Then he receives the letter that forces him out of hiding. Daphne Vaughn lost her father, a vicar, recently. Now,  her cousin and guardian, Captain Steele is determined she marry, quickly, and have a signed marriage contract even sooner! She's written the Major to beg for his help. Time is short; will he arrive on time and be willing to help? Stimulating and passionate romance. The characters made me laugh,  cry and empathize with their plights. There are surprises along the way. Friendships are rekindled easing loneliness and pain. Many supporting characters deserve their own story.  Enjoyable! Received book free for honest review.