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The Major's Faux Fiancée

(The Dukes of War #4)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,422 ratings  ·  215 reviews
When Major Bartholomew Blackpool learns the girl-next-door from his childhood will be forced into an unwanted marriage, he returns home to play her pretend beau. He figures now that he's missing a leg, a faux fiancée is the best an ex-soldier can get. He admires her pluck, but the lady deserves a whole man—and he'll ensure she gets one.

Miss Daphne Vaughan hates that crying
Paperback, 258 pages
Published June 1st 2015 by Intrepid Reads
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Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, netgalley
*2.5 stars

Ok, so I liked parts of this book and others...not so much. I liked the main characters to a point but I think at times they were both a little too melodramatic. Daphne felt sorry for herself because everyone she ever cared about left her, so she didn't try to have any meaningful relationships. These people passed away, they didn't leave because they didn't care about her, so I thought her feelings were just a little on the selfish side. The hero lost his leg in the war, which I really
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Kindle freebie 12/15/17
The magic in reading is how the author puts the words together, fitting them in like a puzzle until that final piece on the last page. Erica Ridley’s The Major’s Faux Fiancee fits together creating a familiar scene, but more vivid and brighter. For Regency or historical romance lovers, once again, Ms. Ridley transports us back in time when women were more like precious property, and if they could not fit the mold of clueless elbow dressing, well, they were probably ahead of their time and not ...more
***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***

What happened? Where was the comedy? Where were great characters? Where was the great plot and narrative flow I've come to expect in this series?

I'm sorry to say, this was the worst story so far. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what it could (and should) have been. Both the hero and heroine were annoying. I know Bartholomew's been dealt a shitty hand, but he went a little too far in feeling sorry for himself. He came through as selfish, only thinking
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Miss Daphne Vaughan has been orphaned and her cousin, a notorious pirate, is now her guardian. When he threatens to marry her off or send her to a lunatic asylum she writes to Major Bartholomew Blackpool, one of the the boys who lived next door to her when she was growing up, to ask for his help. He is one of the Dukes of War. He went off to fight Napoleon with two friends and his twin brother but only three of them returned. His twin was killed on the battlefield, he lost a leg and one of the ...more
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

War destroys. Sure we romanticize it, we make it about honor or duty or even a cause but in the end, no matter who wins, everyone looses. Erica Ridley is writing a wonderful story about the consequences of war in her Dukes of War Series. She tells about life long friends who have all suffered the consequences. One was forced to stay behind and manage his affairs but watched as his friends left boys and came back men with troubles
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this fabulous little story. Not only is it a wonderfully pleasant story, I loved that the hero and heroine have such simple, blatant flaws, and manage to retain them too! Too often either the hero, the heroine or both find all their character flaws completely chipped off or magically transformed by discovering lurve. I can never buy it. That's not how real relationships work. So it's an absolute joy to read a story where that doesn't happen.

BTW. Can't wait to read how Captain
Sep 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF 15%

Sadly, chapter 1 was the best. Chapter 2 was a little crazy, with a pirate and the heroine calls herself a crusader (for the poor).

I read 5 chapters and find the whole thing very boring, despite the pirate. The characters' thoughts are not really original; the heroine is such a do-gooder; and the story is just stalling. There is nothing very offensive but nothing to keep my attention either. I am afraid I don't have into me to read more.
The 2 stars are for the end of the book and the most heart warming proposal I ever have read....the rest of the book was boring...I couldn't stay awake even when my blood was saturated with caffeine.
Feb 03, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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"The Major's Faux Fiancé is the fourth in the Dukes of war series and though not as thoroughly enjoyable as the first three and was a great read, I just loved the first three more!

Major Bart Blackpool receives a letter form his former neighbor Daphe Vaughan begging him to come back to his old home and rescue her from being forced into an unwanted marriage . Bart decides to honor her request, agpfter all it is no as if he is useful I any other way. He returned from the napoleonic wars missing a
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Complete and utter brain candy. I like the marriage-of-convenience trope. This was surprisingly entertaining, despite being a fairly shallow romance novel with a predictable plot and certain ending. The trip towards that ending was fun, although the main characters were at times a little too self-absorbed and willfully blind to their surroundings. I laughed out loud several times. The story flowed along nicely and was well written.

The female main
Rosie Chapel
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel, I have read all the 'Dukes of War' books and each one has something special. I particularly enjoy the way all of the stories weave into one another, but can just as easily be read as a stand alone book. Erica Ridley's characters are beautifully drawn and I like that her heroines are not simpering females, but rather are intelligent and usually feisty women, who don't suffer fools gladly. Daphne, the heroine, is on a mission to help the poor and determined not to marry, while ...more
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of The Major's Faux Fiancee from Intrepid Reads via Netgalley in exchange of an honest and unbiased review*

The Major's Faux Fiancee was filled with humor and longing. Daphne was a very resourceful woman, but she had some inner monologues that became slightly annoying because she kept on thinking no one would ever love her for herself.

This book counts towards the #COYER scavenger hunt item 16 - Read a novel set in the Regency era.

This and all my other reviews are originally
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked the relationship between the central two characters, but there were plot holes big enough to sail a schooner through. The timeline is all over the place. It's just a mess.
Thom Swennes
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
“If I can’t be wanted, then I will be needed.”
Major Bartholomew Blackpool is just a shadow of the man he once was. On that fateful day, June 18, 1815, on the Dutch fields outside of the hamlet of Waterloo, Major Bartholomew left his leg, his twin brother, Edmund, and his lust for life. Unable to deal with so much loss, he leads a lonely and reclusive existence in London. Unable to face the ton and the world in general, as half a man, he refuses all social invitations and queries. Attended to by
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Prior to the wars on the continent Major Bartholomew Blackpool was the toast of the ton: Handsome to a fault, charismatic, popular, skilled at horsemanship, boxing, dancing, and a notorious rogue with the ladies. He returns home a shattered shell of a man with one of his legs shot off and thinking he will never be able to do any of his former activities, especially being the consummate lover of ladies. Childhood friend Miss Daphne Vaughn is being forced into a marriage by her heavy-handed ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I'm not quite sure if these books are suffering, because I'm not feeling really well (but I'm still feeling the pressure of the challenge lol), or because the quality really went a bit down, but this is the second book in this series in a row that really didn't capture my attention very much.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a great book to read
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Major's Faux Fiancée by Erica Ridley is the 4th book in The Dukes of War Series.

This is the story of Miss Daphne Vaughan. Her parents have died, and her guardian wants her out from under his feet as soon as possible. He tells her that she has to marry, and has a selection of men that she has to choose from and become betrothed to within one week. If she refuses to meet them and make her choice, he will send her to Bedlam, which is well within his rights!! Daphne is the poor, and mistreated
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
“The Major’s Faux Fiancée” by Erica Ridley was like forever on my kindle I cannot even tell you, why I didn’t start it till last night, and now, the next day around lunch time, I am finished. It’s the 4th in the “Dukes of War” series, a series I can really recommend.
Anyway … Daphne Vaughan is a young woman, daughter of a vicar, who lives outside London in her father’s house, who had recently passed away. Now she’s the ward to a relative, a private, who wants to get rid of her as soon as
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
I think it's time for The Dukes of War and I to part ways. It's not just the lack of comedy or the difficult protagonists; I don't think there's anything left to explore in this world. (The preview of book five made that pretty clear.)

Bartholomew and Daphne are childhood friends who agree to a fake engagement to secure Daphne's inheritance. The plot is flimsy; Daphne's "evil" guardian is a pirate and minor character from the second book who Ridley is obviously planning to star in a future
3.5 Stars

The Dukes of War series continues with the focus shifting to Bartholomew Blackpool, who lost his leg and his twin brother in battle and comes home to just live his life in seclusion. But, these hopes are dashed when he receives a letter from a childhood friend asking him to help her avoid a forced marriage. Bartholomew has fond memories of Daphne Vaughan and feels obligated to help her by acting as a fake fiancee until she reaches her majority and can gain control of her inheritance.

Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it

Book four of The Dukes of War series by Erica Ridley the series continues to entertain me. While this one doesn't have some of the comedy that readers of Erica Ridley are use to it doesn't take away from the story because the two characters are very serious there are however two other very amusing characters to lighten the mood. Bartholomew and Daphne are aggravating at times, but in the best way. They both have issues they need to figure out and that often gets in the way of seeing
Review written: May 29, 2016
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An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review.

Another "You just have to be kidding me" installment in the Dukes of War series. Frankly, since only the hero of the last book is a duke and he never went to war, I can't figure out why this series is called the Dukes of War. But I suppose that is a discussion for another day. Tolly (Bartholomew) Blakpool and Daphne are the main characters
Feb 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF: I really tried with this one, got about half way through, but it was so boring. I am not one to need a fast paced plot, in fact I can forgive next to no plot, if the characters are interesting, but the inner thoughts of the hero and heroine were so tedious. The man keeps thinking he is not a man because he lost his leg, though this might be forgiven because he suffered trauma, but when he sees that others still appreciate and like him, he can't accept it. The heroine had her own issues, but ...more
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, 2015-netgalley
Recency romance novels used to be a favorite of mine so reading this was a nice change. I felt transported back in time. Although this is the fourth in the "Dukes of War" series, it is a standalone novel. Now I would like to go back and read the others.

It was a well written story and the author paints a picture with her words. This book will make you want to dress up and head out to a ball. There you will dance the night away!

Both characters had complicated problems to overcome, yet the author
Isha Coleman
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This story is about so much more than meets the eye. Erica Ridley did an exceptional job of writing a story about what a person perceives themselves to be. The Major's Faux Fiancee is a story that consists of central characters coming to terms with circumstances that neither can change. Major Blackpool comes home from war a change man both mentally and physically. Daphne is being forced into marriage even though she is not interested in becoming a wife. Ms. Ridley tackles serious problems that ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Daphnes having the worst time in her life, not only has her father passed, but her guardian is a pirate prepared to marry her off or ship her off to Bedlam.
At her wits end, she reaches out to her childhood friend.
Bartholomew returned from the war a broken man, he not only lost a leg, his twin brother was killed in the same attack. Trying to drown his sorrows doesnt work, but hiding away does the trick. Until Daphne asks for his help.
Can a sham betrothal become something more?
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The Dukes of War (8 books)
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  • The Brigadier's Runaway Bride (The Dukes of War #5)
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