When his sister Hope announces that she is going to marry a prince, Max is taken aback to discover that the royal wedding will take place not in stylish San Michele, but at their run-down family home, Hasebury Hall. Now Max has to fix up the manor, let royal and security officials have the run of the place… and find a suitable woman to placate a Crown Princess with an obsession over protocol.

Chef Flora Deare, Hope’s friend, is in charge of catering the royal wedding and has quickly taken over Max’s kitchen – not to mention the rest of his life. As a bridesmaid, Flora will be going to the official announcement of the royal engagement in San Michele too. Max is single, she’s single: why don’t they go together and keep the Crown Princess off Hope’s back?

Max has too much Mr. Rochester about him for Flora’s tastes and she’ll be returning to London very soon to reboot her career. Still, what harm can a little pretense do if all it involves is a glamorous trip to San Michele and smiling together at the wedding itself? Apparently, a lot… Soon, it’s hard to remember what’s real and what’s not

Titles in the Royal Wedding Invitations series include:  The Prince’s Bride by Sophie Weston – The Baronet’s Wedding by Jessica Hart – The Bridesmaid’s Royal Bodyguard by Liz Fielding – The Best Man’s Bride by Anne McAllister

Title:  The Baronet’s Wedding Engagement
Series:  Royal Wedding Invitation #2
Author:  Jessica Hart
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  Tule Publishing
Publisher:  October 16, 2017
My Rating:  4.5 stars

In the first story of this series, The Prince’s Bride, we met a secondary character the Crown Princess who is… shall we say politely a stickler for proper protocol – and getting her own way.  Now she’s up to her old tricks trying to butt into Hope’s wedding plans.  She’s finding she cannot control the wedding, but she can control the pre-wedding activities held in her country.  When she insists that everyone attending has a plus one to keep the numbers even she inadvertently sets the stage for a romance while unexpected, most definitely intriguing to Max, the bride’s brother and Flora, one of the bride’s best friends.  It might have started as a silly suggestion made in fun over the Crown Princess’ antics… but maybe pretend can turn into forever for two people who really deserve a happy ever after..

I enjoyed this romance very much.  While Max may come off as grumpy, there are reasons for his attitude, and a very strong and caring man beneath his gruff surface.  Flora has set her own path doing what she loves.  Neither was particularly looking for romance but slowly what started out as a fun experience became a chance at happiness – if they’d be willing to take that risk.

If you enjoy the pretend couple that turns into much more plot, then you’ll enjoy The Baronet’s Wedding Engagement.  There were a couple issues that were a bit of a hiccup for me, but they didn’t take away from the story one bit… just my own buttons, I’d guess you’d say.  If you’re in the mood for a bit of a fairy tale romance, an interesting plot, engaging secondary characters and a couple that you’ll be cheering on from the start – then this is a story you’d enjoy.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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