Let It Be Love
Avon, November, 2005.
Paperback, 384 pages.
Fiona Fairchild is in a difficult situation: in order to obtain her inheritance without being married off to someone horrible she simply must find a husband. She sets her cap for Jonathon Effington, the Marquess of Helmsley who everyone says is a terrible rake, but since he never kisses and tells no one really knows for sure. Jonathon knows that a man of his social standing must find a suitable wife himself, but he wants to put off the shackles of marriage for as long as possible. When Jonathan shows up at his yearly Christmas tryst with a lady friend he is shocked to discover Fiona instead. She spins him a wildly improbably tale (that happens to be the truth) and proposes marriage. He, thinking it is an outrageous joke arranged by his friends, agrees. A man of honor, he is horrified to find out that Fiona was deadly serious and expects him to march down the aisle. He does like Fiona, but the idea of marriage so soon is just a bit more than the charismatic marquess can handle. So he concocts a business scheme with Fiona and a good friend to publish a risque book that will give Fiona the money she needs and relieve him of the necessity of marrying her. Still, the more he gets to know Fiona, the less revolting the idea of marriage becomes.
Victoria Alexander is like a breath of fresh air in a stuffy, overcrowded room. Her writing is full of wit and style and her heroines are full of intelligence and sass. Let it Be Love is as much a comedy of manners as it is a passionate romance, with sparkling dialogue and appealingly complex characters that are a joy to spend time with.
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This review was published in the February, 2006 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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