Rules for Engaging the Earl
(The Widow Rules #2) by Janna MacGregor (Goodreads Author)
Get ready for lost wills, broody dukes, and scorching hot kissing all over London.
Constance Lysander needs a husband. Or, so society says. She’s about to give birth to her late husband’s child―a man who left her with zero money, and two other wives she didn’t know about. Thankfully, she has her Aunt by her side, and the two other wives have become close friends. But still―with a baby on the way, her shipping business to run, and an enemy skulking about, she has no time to find the perfect match.
Enter Jonathan, Earl of Sykeston. Returned war hero and Constance’s childhood best friend, his reentry into society has been harsh. Maligned for an injury he received in the line of duty, Jonathan prefers to stay out of sight. It’s the only way to keep his heart from completely crumbling. But when a missive from Constance requests his presence―to their marriage ceremony―Jonathan is on board. His feelings for Constance run deep, and he’ll do anything to make her happy, though it means risking his already bruised heart.
With Constance, Jonathan, and the new baby all together, it’s clear the wounds―both on the surface and in their relationship―run deep. But when the nights come, their wounds begin to heal, and both come to realize that their marriage of convenience is so much more than just a bargain.
Rules of engaging an earl is part of a trilogy but I don’t think you have to read the books in order to know what’s going on beforehand. They can be read in any order.
I had some mixed feelings for this book. I loved the fact that this was a best friends to lovers story. I do love a good one. I had mixed feelings because of their reasons to marry. I think it’s hard for me to get into marriage of conveniences.
I also think that Jonathan was too broody through most of the book even though he had his reasons.
I did like Constance and how she wasn’t willing to put up with him despite the fact that she loved him and that he was one of her best friends. I liked how independent she was.
The pacing of the book was a bit slow sometimes but otherwise it wrapped up well. It was a three star rating.
Thank you Netgalley and publishers for allowing me the chance to read and review.