Series: Wallflower Weddings #1
Published by Avon Impulse on May 6, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Source: Self Purchased
Reading Challenges: Romanceopoly 2020
It's all fun and games . . . until someone falls in love.
Oliver Goswick, Viscount Rathburn, needs money—and soon. With time ticking away and his inheritance held hostage until he's properly wed, Rathburn's slim options point to a single solution: a faux engagement. In need of the perfect bride, he knows of only one candidate: his best friend's wallflower sister. The plan seems flawless, except for one problem . . . He can't help falling in love with her.
Poised, polished Emma Danvers knows nothing good can come of Rathburn's scheme. Spending the next two months engaged in a mock courtship is not what she'd imagined for her final season. Yet, charmed by his roguish ways and the inexplicable hammering he causes in her heart, she accepts his challenge.
For Emma, keeping the secret seemed easy when it was just a game . . . But as Rathburn begins to see past her reserved exterior to the passionate woman within, the risk of losing her heart becomes all too real.
Daring Miss Danvers is the first book in the Wallflower Weddings series and a fun cute read and if you are looking for something charming and sweet and light….then this is definitely a book for you. I will admit that this book I struggled with at times, mostly due to not being fully invested in these characters, Honestly, I just wasn’t in the feels with this story, especially the first half. The latter half was much better in how it was written and really pulls in the reader more into the story. The actual story was pretty well solid, its a sweet romance, and I really liked the friends to lovers and fake relationship and unrequited love tropes that were delved into this story. The dynamics were pretty fun to read. I do think the unrequited love trope I struggled with, to be honest, they were dancing around each other in some ways that did drive me crazy at times. It’s not a horrible story or anything, but just a fun sweet interlude of a romance. The relationship that we see form is a very interesting one. We have two characters that have known each other for years, there is a strong level of trust between them and they come to an agreement so that the hero can gain his inheritance to build the hospital to honor his father’s memory. There is an unrequited love aspect but mostly this is built due to lack of honest communication, there are hints here and there, but really if they just sat down and had an open conversation, they would realize the real truth that is happening between them.
Despite my issues with the story, I found it heartwarming and full of warm promise and sweet delights that will endear the reader in a beautiful way!!!