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Miss Winters Proposes
by Frances Fowlkes
An unseemly proposal...
Juliet Winters has come up with a wonderfully devious plan to avoid marrying her vile cur of a cousin. First, she'll propose marriage to her handsome, reclusive neighbor, Lord Colwyn. Then, once she has both name and financial support, she'll be able to pursue her true (if rather unladylike) passion -- breeding dogs. But when Lord Colwyn rejects her proposal... Juliet must take matters into her own hands.
The last thing Benjamin Colwyn expected was for the spirited Juliet to blackmail him into marriage -- especially not by kidnapping his beloved canine companion. Yet despite his yearning for peace and isolation, he finds himself wanting to help her, if only to protect her from a marriage to a disreputable scoundrel. He certainly doesn't expect the woman who pilfered his dog to steal his heart, as well...
Kathie's Review:From the first page, this drew me in. It was a quick read at only 203 pages. The blackmail and marriage proposal were right there at the beginning! Juliet needs a husband that will ignore her and let her get on with her life goal of breeding dogs...and selling them. Her icky cousin thinks to marry her and she really doesn't want to be a politician's wife. Seems like stealing, I mean, HIDING her neighbor's beloved pet to get him to do what she wants makes perfect sense, at least to her.
I loved how confused Benjamin was to begin with. Then he was shocked and appalled this young woman was asking him to marry her, and then he was pretty much outraged to discover she had his DOG! There is no way he will give in to her...until she mentions the name of her cousin, then he agrees incredibly quickly. We find out why much later on.
They need to pretend this is a love match, and both are very surprised to find that it just might be so.
Both of our main characters were a bit hard headed at time, but I liked them very much. And the dogs were wonderful supporting characters. There's a punch to the nose that was very satisfying, just as the entire book was.
I'll be looking for more from Ms. Fowlkes.
Thank you, NetGalley and Entangled, for the opportunity to read this book.
After viewing her all-time favorite love story, "Anne of Green Gables", at the impressionable age of ten, Frances Fowlkes has been obsessed with affable boy-next door heroes, red-heads, and romance stories with lots of "highfaluting mumbo jumbo" written within their pages. It only seems natural then that she married the boy who used to pull on her curls in her high school English class, had not one, but THREE red-headed boys, and penned multiple love stories with bits of flowery prose.
When not writing, Frances loves spending time with her family, fangirling, and planning her next vacation.
Frances Fowlkes, originally a northern mid-westerner, now lives in the southeast with her ardent hero of a husband, three playful and rambunctious boys, and one spoiled standard poodle.
A self-professed Anglophile and summa cum laude graduate of LeTourneau University, Frances Fowlkes combines her passion for happily-ever-afters with her interests in both American and English histories.
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