In her latest literary gem, Katy Regnery introduces us to Barrett English, one of five English brothers who we’ll meet over the course of the next few months. Barrett is exactly what you’re thinking he is – tall, dark, handsome, rich, pompous and secretly incredibly sweet and romantic (think Christian Grey without all the darkness). For essentially his entire life he’s only had eyes for Emily Edwards- the gardener’s daughter, the beautiful blonde he grew up with, the woman who pretends to be his fiancée.
Yes, you read that correctly. Emily is Barrett’s pretend fiancée. Not a bad gig really – nice dinners, good wine, fancy dresses AND she gets to gaze at Mr. English a handful of nights each month…all while getting paid to do so! (Does that job exist? I’m totally interested).
I’m sure you can guess where ‘pretend engaged’ will probably get the couple…but are the feelings they have toward one another real, or just an effect of their charade? Furthermore, can two people from vastly different backgrounds actually come together? Can Emily handle Barrett’s controlling boardroom ways? Is Barrett ready to let all other women go?
The biggest surprise in this short read was the emotion I felt. There was laughter, butterflies, anger and (much to Katy’s surprise) even tears! Katy does an amazing job of telling several years’ worth of a story in a short, concise way making this the perfect beach read (is that a sunburn or are you blushing over Barrett?!)
My only complaint – I want 200 more pages!!! This is such a great story that I didn’t want it to end. So, I’ll try a public begging (as a private one did not work) PLEASE, KATY, WRITE MORE!!!