Never Borrow a Baronet

Fortune's Brides, Book 2
Narrated by: Jannie Meisberger
Series: Fortune's Brides, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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After caring for a crotchety countess, Patience Ramsey wants a more purposeful position. So, when Miss Thorn of the Fortune Employment Agency offers her the post of assistant to amateur apothecary Augusta Orwell, Patience jumps at the chance. 

Then, her new employer introduces her at an Easter house party as the bride-to-be of her nephew Sir Harold Orwell. Miss Thorn’s cat Fortune may approve of Sir Harry, but Patience has no interest in borrowing the handsome baronet. She’s had her heart trampled on by false promises before.

Sir Harry has enough on his hands trying to restore the family name while spying for the English against the French. But the pretty Patience could cover for him when he must ply his trade during the house party, so he convinces her to agree to the charade. 

As Harry’s work brings danger closer, he begins to realize Patience embodies everything he could want in a wife. Can he convince her to overlook the scandals surrounding him and exchange their false engagement for a true love?

This sweet, clean regency romance is the sequel to Never Doubt a Duke. Fortune’s Brides: Only a matchmaking cat can hunt true love.

©2018 Regina Lundgren (P)2020 Regina Lundgren

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Espionage and romance...:)

Not as fast-paced as the first book in the series, it still is great entertainment and a nicely done romance:)

Patience Ramsey has practiced her patience (:)) for years serving as a lady's companion for someone who has never appreciated her as they should. When Miss Thorn offers her a new place, she jumps at the chance for nothing cen be worse than her previous employment. What she doesn't expect is to be, well, forced to play the part of the bride-to-be of her new employer's nephew's...:) And what the nephew doesn't expect is how well she is suited to be exactly that - his wife-to-be.

That's the starting point of the book that has everything you want in a good romance: two main characters that are really well suited, though they themselves have to discover it on the way to their HEA; one, two, or even three mysteries involving attempts at murder, blackmail and espionage; a circle of acquaintances who may turn out friends or foes, you'll never know... That's the strong side of the book - the background characters that have secrets of their own, are not obviously good or obviously bad... They will surprise you at times:) I also like the "closed room" atmosphere of the book - no one can leave so the culprit must be one of them - but who? It's great fun discovering that along with Patience and Harry while witnessing Aunt Augusta's attempts at creating a new miraculous facial cream (this line of the story is really funny:)).

The only reason I've given the book 4 instead of 5 stars is the fact that at times the pace seems to slow down a bit too much just to rush in the next chapter - but overall it's a very good romance: entertaining, engaging, surprising, with the HEA and a hint at who the next story will be about...:)

Narration by Ms Meisberger is brilliant as always. She's a master at reading historical romances - you just believe in her lords and ladies:) On a more serious note, she's great at conveying the characters' emotions and personalities and very good in the narrative parts. And the speed of her reading is OK.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A Valentine to Romance

I finished story in one night. It is a love letter to Romance storytelling.
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A fun historical romance with a bit of intrigue

Never Borrow a Baronet is a cute story about a companion who’s new position gets her embroiled in all sorts of intrigue. The story is fun with a sweet romance with just a little spice. The narrator does a very nice job with the audiobook.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Good Story & Narration

Patience has a new employer and a new job, there has to be a mistake she is introduced as the bride to be. Trying to make the best of the situation, and restore her self worth. While her intended is trying to restore his reputation. Cute store set in 1812 England
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  • 02-14-20

Regency romance with a dash of mystery!

Book 2 of the Fortune's Brides series is just as fun as the first book. First off, Fortune is a cat. This cat and her mistress, Meredith, are committed to helping women down on their luck to find their forever homes and their forever partners. In this book Patience agrees to work for Gussy as her lab assistant. Even before she meets Gussy's nephew, Sir Harry, she is thrown into a situation where she has to pretend to be Harry's betrothed. So instead of entering the household as a servant, she becomes an almost mistress of the household that is hosting a house party for a motley crew. There are servants who are as close as family, there appears to wanderings at night, smuggling and so much more. Throw in the Napoleonic war in France and the plot takes on some interesting twists and turns.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to more audiobooks in the series. After all, the series promises such Regency fun!


This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.