Ah, those dreaded Smythe-Smiths! they lack any musical talent and yet they persist in destroying the hearing of the London ton with their dreaded annual musical quartets.
Heroine: Lady Honoria Smythe-Smith plays the violin and she’s awful, but at least she knows it. This year she’s determined to marry and get a man to come up to scratch because she’s ready for a family and home of her own.
She’s one of my new favorite heroines. You got to love a girl willing to contrive the following plot to snag a man: steal a shovel, create a mole hole, pretend to fall in it and cry out for help! Of course the only man watching all this is the hero. Haha.
Hero: Marcus Holroyd is the Earl of Chatteris. He loves chocolate and desserts as much as Honoria. (There’s lots of cute food moments for any foodies out there.) A long time friend of the family, he’s been petitioned by Honoria’s brother Daniel to make sure she doesn’t wed some idiot. Lately he’s coming to find that the only acceptable match for her is him!
Marcus is a fabulous beta hero. One of his best moment’s is coming to Honoria’s defense right at the end of the book. I’d jump his bones!
Trope: Friends to Lovers. If you know me, I hate this trope, but I actually enjoyed it this time. That’s because neither one of them pined for the other growing up. There was no little girl crush or secret school girl crush on Honoria’s behalf for Marcus and he certainly only saw her as Daniel’s little sister - that is until he gets dreadfully sick and Honoria forces her mother to come with her to his family estate and attend to him. You see, Marcus is an only child and has no living family. That’s why he’s always loved the Smythe-Smiths - there’s so many of them that he could slip into their lives and be part of their family.
Dislikes: The long focus on Marcus sickness - as a book I could skim it and get through it faster but as an audio book it seemed to last forever and is the book’s only serious downer.
Narrator: Speaking of the narrator - she was excellent!