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This story is simply told and straightforward. He doesn't wish to be hounded by his mother to marry; she doesn't wish to be threatened to marry, either. I would have enjoyed the story more if we had seen Roman, the Marquis, being hectored more by his fond mama. The opening scene was ripe for fun and mischief and it would have enhanced the story if it had continued in a running jest, but it did not. *Sigh.* For Roman and Miranda have decided to form an alliance and 'pull the wool over everybody's eyes,' pretending they are courting to quell those complaints. Of course, the family plays along, but I think frankly, the family should have egged them on, instead.
At some point, however, the tables turn and the couple finds themselves actually having fun with each other. Again, I would have liked to have seen a contrast of them with other people to see that the 'fun' they have between themselves is unique to this particular pairing. Otherwise, it seems like a foregone conclusion.
The only reason this isn't a 5-star is the presence of Viscount M, whom I thought was an extraneous, undeveloped character in the first book. In this book, he's no longer undeveloped. But he's truly awful. And I hated the scene with him near the end of the book for personal reasons. Very upsetting. Painting a 'smiling villain' has to be done with subtle strokes---not smacking a person over the head with a 2x4 and then creating a convenient rescue before a great deal more harm can be done. I hated that scene. However, the sheer sweetness and boyishness of Roman's long-awaited proposal left me feeling good about the book and given my previous sour stomach, that was no small task. So, in the end, it all comes together beautifully.