Playing the Duke’s Fiancee by Amanda McCabe


A pretend proposal

For the unconventional heiress

When American heiress Violet Wilkins crosses paths with William, Duke of Charteris, she has extremely low expectations of the “Duke of Bore.” But when this seemingly stuffy aristocrat offers her escape from a dreadful arranged marriage, she leaps at the chance! To her surprise, the arresting Charles whisks Vi into an exhilarating make-believe romance. And as she gets to know the man behind the title, she can’t help wanting more…


Captured my heart 
Violet is an American heiress and has agreed to a fake engagement with William, an English Duke to give them both breathing space from those who want to marry them but will a royal wedding trip to Russia change all that
I loved William, he is kind, funny and bound up in his duty but as he spends more time with Violet he becomes more of himself and allows himself to have fun, to allow his real personality to come out instead of his ducal persona. He knows what he wants but it may not always be exactly what he expected. I really enjoyed seeing him come out of his shell and become a more realistic and rounded person who I always wanted to know more about
Violet is an heiress with a passion for photography and she is living in a time of such change and development into it as an art that I loved to see her exploring and talking to people about her love for photos and that portraits don’t necessarily have to be staged but should instead show a persons individuality. Her joy and passion were what initially drew me to her but her anxieties as well as her happiness made her even more real to me. Her wonder at the Russian palaces and each new experience shone through the story and I was so quickly caught up in her enthusiasm and delight 
This book looks at a different part of society, the very top, with the English presentation to the royal family and the close relationships with various royals being something I don’t often read. I also totally loved the Russian wedding element of the story which worked so well and was brilliantly blended with history that it felt so real that I forgot at times that the characters weren’t actually there and I can’t google Violets name and see her pictures! This along with so much has put this book onto my to be read again and again pile
As you can see, I totally loved this book and would recommend it to those who enjoy a historical romance with a difference that will have you hooked from the very first page, desperate to know more 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

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Amanda wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…)

She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion.  She lives in Santa Fe with a Poodle, a cat, a wonderful husband, and a very and far too many books and royal memorabilia collections.

When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook.

Amanda also writes as Laurel McKee for Grand Central Publishing, the Elizabethan Mystery Series as Amanda Carmack, and the Manor Cat Mystery Series as Eliza Casey.

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