Any Groom Will Do

Any Groom Will Do

by Charis Michaels

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Overview

Any Groom Will Do by Charis Michaels

Lady Willow Hunnicut has always dreamed of living in London. With design talent and aspirations grander than London’s finest houses, she knows an unmarried heiress will never be allowed to live in the capital alone. But a married woman may come and go as she pleases. With a little imagination, a lot of courage, and one carefully worded advertisement, Willow concocts a plan to get everything she wants… even if she must take a husband in exchange. 

 

Lord Brent Caulder, the Earl of Cassin, is destitute, his Yorkshire castle is crumbling, and his tenants are without work. He has an ingenious scheme that’s a surefire moneymaker—if only someone would invest. When he discovers an advertisement seeking adventurers to fund, he is determined to claim the money. But his world is turned upside down when the investor turns out to be a flame-haired heiress.

 

The deal is simple: In return for marrying Willow, Cassin will receive her substantial dowry—and nothing else. All she asks is that after the wedding, each go their separate ways. But for all her careful preparation, the one thing Willow couldn’t have planned is the way she feels about Cassin… or the desire that threatens to enflame them both. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062685803
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Brides of Belgravia , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 210,665
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Charis Michaels is thrilled to be making her debut with Avon Impulse. Prior to writing romance, she studied Journalism at Texas A&M and managed PR for a trade association. She has also worked as a tour guide at Disney World, harvested peaches on her family’s farm, and entertained children as the “Story Godmother” at birthday parties.

She has lived in Texas, Florida, and London, England. She now makes her home in the Washington, D.C.-metro area. Visit Charis at www.CharisMichaels.com.

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Any Groom Will Do 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Set in the years just before Victoria’s ascendancy, this is the tale of Willow and Brent and their unlikely path to a happily ever after. Since an illness changed the course of her life as a child, Willow has been fascinated with designing and beauty. While she has decided she’ll never marry, she does want to join her aunt and uncle in their business – the preeminent interior designers in London’s Belgravia. As a single woman, however, and forbidden by both society and her mother to proceed to London to take up a position, she’s decided, along with her two best friends, to place an advertisement. This advertisement will allow the women, with the respectable title of Mrs., to escape their situations in return for absent husbands who will avail themselves of sizeable dowries in return for the woman’s freedom. Of course, the whole scheme is orchestrated by Willow, the list-maker, cover every eventuality, boldly dreaming of a life of self-determination personality in the group. Brent, Duke of Cassin has been struggling to get a business venture with his two best friends off the ground. A bit of a desperate struggle as his estate’s former money-maker was coal mining, and the dangers to lives for so little actual return had him desperate for other options. With his two university friends and a Caribbean Island won in a poker game, as well as a seaworthy ship and plenty of desire. Facing failing his mother and sisters, and his uncle’s persistent pestering, he spotted Willow’s advertisement and decided to take a chance to discover more. Face to face with Willow, Brent is alternately horrified by her plan and impressed with her preparation, her boldness and her intelligence. Two days in her company, and Brent can’t see straight – he agrees and dashes off to make arrangements, plans and head for the new business venture. These two are adorably well-suited: intelligent, stubborn, determined and sure of their own frailties – never once thinking that it is the things they feel the most vulnerable and unable to solve are the pieces that make them human and so wonderfully vulnerable to the emotions they both have agreed to ignore and tamp down in this arrangement. Willow is far more controlled and determined in keeping distance, knowing herself and the potential of developing feelings for Brent, she’s not allowing (or not admitting to allowing) her mind to want him. Brent is completely taken off guard: he desires her yet can’t stop thinking about her and how to keep her safe and protected from half a world away: he’s confused by her pushing him away, and can’t quite reconcile the desire with his growing esteem – and to have both rejected, is too much. Fortunately, with a crisis that only can resolve itself with his return, he rushes to Willow’s London quarters upon his arrival back in England, before heading off to his Yorkshire home to sort out the issues. The time apart had given both he and Willow the opportunity to muse, digest and recognize the love between them, and with that and little else, the challenges are many. Charis Michaels started this series with a wonderful read in one sitting couple, a lovely family and epilogue, and plenty of story to come with her two friends in the scheme, this will be a favorite of many. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read from Charis Michaels. The author always presents a realistic, vibrant, and emotional story. Her books are hard to put down once you start.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I like it enough to buy the next in the series
Anonymous 10 months ago
All of Charis Michael's books are extremely well written, with humor, little turmoil, and always always fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was so far-fetched thst suspension of disbelief was impossible. Also, use of "to due" rather than "to-do" just glares in an-otherwise well-crafted tome. Sorry, this was not my favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
I found it fascinating to get in on the first of this new series from Charis Michaels. Her work has captivated me in the past and I was so ready to jump in to a new set of romances that will have me wishing for more. I also found it hard to put down. I loved Willow very much. She was smart and resourceful. She wanted something and came up with a way to get what she wanted without having to bow down to anyone. She finds a taker to her offer and thus begins the best relationship she ever had with a stranger, Brent, the Earl of Cassin. Brent wants nothing more than to care for those he is responsible for. He decided as the Earl and head of his estate and it cost much. Now, he needed to make another decision for his estate. This decision would change him and his world. I enjoyed very much getting to know Willow and Brent. I found the characters were inviting, the setting familiar, and the journey delightful and not full of angst or overly drawn out. I find Charis gave me just what I was looking for in a new historical romance without overwhelming me. The Brides of Belgravia series: Any Groom Will Do – The Brides of Belgravia, #1 All Dressed in White – The Brides of Belgravia, #2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1813 Lady Wilhelmina (Willow) Hunnicut, age 8, is very ill with peritonitis. Her parents, Lord and Lady Lytton, have brought in the best doctors to treat her. She survives but learns she will never be able to have children. Thus, some years later, Willow vows to never marry as that would deprive her husband of an heir and family. Instead, she finds happiness and fulfillment in designing and decorating the rooms of her family home, Leland Park. But as an unmarried woman, she is limited in the independence she wants. 1830 - Surrey Unbeknownst to her widowed mother and brother, Phillip, Willow has decided to advertise for a husband and her friends, Tessa and Sabine plan to join her in her scheme. Her idea is to find three gentlemen sailors who are in need of their dowries. They will wed the men and send them away allowing the young ladies their freedom. When the men have sailed, the three women will live with Willow’s aunt and uncle in Belgravia. There, Willow can pursue her love of decorating all of these lavish homes in the area. Responses to the ad have arrived by post, but one day Brent Caulder, the Earl of Cassin, arrives in person. He and his two friends need money for a business venture taking them to the Caribbean. Brent’s family is depending upon him to support them. Willow explains that he simply has to marry her to get the money and then go on his way. But her mother must not find out the truth. It all goes as planned but they never realized they might fall in love. Oh dear, not what will they do? This is truly a wonderful story. I found it to be very touching and the characters are real. Don’t miss this one. I can’t wait to read more by this author. Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I still consider myself new to the historical game and basically I just want stories with fluff and banter and this premise was promising to me. I loved Willow and Cassin. She’s smart and sassy and knows exactly what she wants out of life. He’s loyal and driven and reluctant to Willow’s business deal. Together they have intelligent and honest conversations and soooooo much chemistry. Plot wise there were a few bumps, but it was mostly fluff and I relished it. This is a couple who talks frequently and hashes things out and it was absolutely enjoyable to see that there weren’t any miscommunications in the story. Overall, it was a light and fun read and I’ll definitely be looking at others in the series. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**