A double delight as Ashley and Ben finally make it down the aisle
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
This is a delight. We get two love stories wrapped together here as Ben and Ashley go through the mill on the way to the aisle and Ashley’s best friend Jack falls madly in love with scriptwriter Chris, who is at the hall to work on Hidden For The Duke.
I absolutely adore Chris, he’s a complete cinnamon bun with a steely core and, while he floats through the world with a naive air, he can hyper focus to the extent that he blocks out everything else.
Jack’s suffering from a bruised ego and a lack of confidence as his previous long term partner ended their relationship fairly suddenly, and is now planning on marrying someone else.
These two bump – literally – into each other in passing before their paths cross properly at Crofton Hall and, while they might seem to rocket to an I love you situation, for me it felt like a realistic progression as both recognised they’d found their perfect partner.
Meanwhile, Dorian and Robin are on hand for the stag dos and they contribute, not necessarily deliberately, to the rising tensions between Ben and Ashley as they try to plan the wedding. For me here the plot was kept to a nice tight mix as they got mired down in the tiny details and lost the bigger picture – that they loved each other.
Rebecca uses some of my favourite background characters – Marchent’s wife Bunny and Ben’s sister Kitty, as well as the ever steadfast under butler Karl – to bring some sensibilities back to the proceedings.
Eventually, as this is a romance after all, we get the beautiful wedding and a (for now) happy ever after for Ben and Ashley that still leaves room for growth and more adventures.
Jack and Chris also seal their romance and their relatively angst free journey to love provides a nice contrast with the turbulent behaviour of their friends.
As ever I beta read this book for Rebecca but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review