My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: I purchased this one
Genre: Historical Romance
Book Description: Harry Windower adores blonde, green-eyes Athena Lancaster, but alas, a penniless man like himself has no hope of winning a young noblewoman's hand. To add insult to injury, Athena's brother-in-law and guardian, the Duke of Kielder, has asked Harry to assist Athena in finding a gentleman of her dreams. But the lovesick Harry is cunning as well: as the weeks pass, he introduces Athena to suitors who are horrifically boring, alarmingly attached to their mothers, downright rude, astoundingly self-absorbed, and utterly ridiculous.
Athena can't comprehend why she is having so little success meeting eligible and acceptable gentlemen. Indeed, her circle of admirers couldn't be be less admirable - nothing like the loyal, gentle friend she's found in Harry. But how long can Harry's scheme be hidden before it is discovered? And what will Athena do when she uncovers Harry's deception? Escape into a charming regency world in this delightfully romantic comedy of manners that will entertain you to the very last word.
My thoughts: Harry is put in an awkward position. His best friend, the Duke of Kielder, wants him to help him with his sister-in-law and ward while she comes out during the short season. The position is awkward, because he has feelings for the ward, Athena, and it is hard for him to see her with other men. He cannot become her suitor, because he is poor and will not be a gold digger. He honors her too much to put her in that position.
Harry and Athena have a great relationship. They enjoy one another's company and Harry is quite the tease. First and foremost, they are friends. Athena wasn't expecting the man she fell in love with to be her friend and a part of her life, she was expecting the fairy tale, and she almost missed her feelings for Harry.
I enjoyed this story. It is set in England in 1806. This book comes after Seeking Persephone. I haven't read the first, but I will. I was able to catch up the characters quickly and grow to have a fondness for them.
I read this book as part of the Just for Fun Challenge. It's nice to read a book, just because I want to.