Early Review: No Groom at the Inn by Megan Frampton

No Groom at the InnNo Groom at the Inn by Megan Frampton
Book #2.5 in Duke’s Behaving Badly
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: November 10th, 2015
ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Avon

Synopsis from Goodreads: What does a lady do when a man she’s never seen before offers his hand in marriage? Lady Sophronia Bettesford doesn’t scream and run away. Instead, she accepts the shocking proposition. After all, what’s her other choice? To live with her cousin, caring for six children and a barnyard full of chickens?

James Archer has roamed the world, determined never to settle down. He’s faced danger and disaster…he fears nothing and no one—except his mother and her matchmaking ways. So when ordered to attend a Christmastime house party filled with holiday cheer and simpering young misses, he produces—a fiancée!

Sophronia and James vow to pretend to be in love for one month. But when they promise to give each other a Christmas kiss, it becomes clear that this pact made out of necessity might just be turning into love.

Angie’s Review – 4.5 Skulls – A

There’s something about Historical Romance that’s so magical. Throw in the holiday and a charming hero, and it’s bliss for this gal! No Groom at the Inn was a delightful read. Sophronia is dreading making her way to her new destination where she’ll be in charge of chickens and children when a handsome stranger approaches her and asks her to marry him. Jamie is desperate to dodge his matchmaking mama, and he fears the only way he can do so is to produce a fiancé. Of course, there’s the matter of killing her off once the holiday season is over, but Jamie will worry about that when the time comes.

I adored this little story. The banter between Jamie and Sophronia was playful – it wasn’t about one-upping each other. (Except during game night.) They just enjoyed being together. They had chemistry from the get-go, and while Jamie was more experienced than Sophronia, it wasn’t something that overshadowed the story. In fact, it was barely mentioned. (Yay for a non-roguish charming hero!) This was a quick, light read overall. I do wish it had been a bit longer. It seemed as though Jamie may have had some sort of ADD, and I would have liked to see that be explored. Aside from that, he was such a sweet hero, I would have loved to read more about him.  I adored the way he treated Sophycakes. But it’s like I always say – I’d rather be left wanting more than wondering when the heck a book is going to end!

Megan Frampton is quickly moving her way to the top of my favorite HR authors. Her books are engaging and her characters have a simplicity to them that I enjoy very much. No Groom at the Inn was a wonderful holiday read.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  + ½

Series Reading Order:
1. The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior
1.5. When Good Earls Go Bad: A Victorian Valentine’s Day Novella
2. Put up Your Duke
2.5. No Groom at the Inn
3. One-Eyed Duke’s Are Wild (Expected Publication: December 29th, 2015)

Thank you to AVON and Edelweiss for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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