August Anderson needs somewhere to live. Dumped by her boyfriend who would rather be alone than move in with her, she has almost given up on happiness. Until she notices that the beautiful Georgian townhouse she’s long admired (ahem, *obsessed over*) is looking for a new tenant, and suddenly it seems like things might be looking up . . .
There’s just one catch – the traditional, buttoned-up landlord is only willing to rent to a stable, married couple and August, quite frankly, is neither. Competition for the house is fierce and August knows she’ll have to come up with a plan or risk losing her last shot at her happy ending.
Enter Flynn, the handsome, charming and somewhat unsuspecting gentleman who August accidentally spills her coffee over. Flynn is new to the area and is looking for somewhere to live, and August thinks she knows just the place, but only if he’s willing to tell a little white lie . . .
The Wedding Pact is a a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging read, full of warm characters and set against the beautiful back drop of Bath. It’s well written and easy to read and I became completely immersed in the pages. August Anderson and Flynn Miyoshi meet quite by chance in a coffee shop waiting for the open day of the house they both desperately want to rent. Upon finding out there are certain jurisdictions to renting the apartment August comes up with a ludicrous plan. In order to live in their dream home they tell a lie and soon find themselves facing the pitfalls and difficulties of maintaining this lie. It is not easy and it gets harder and harder to keep it up, especially with the owner living upstairs and the interruption of unexpected visitors. August and Flynn have an immediate rapport, both of them are a little lost, they have had recent relationship breakups and are looking at Elizabeth Street as a new beginning.
I loved the setting of Bath, the gorgeous Georgian townhouse and the coffee shops which are all beautifully described by the author. The characters are warmhearted and loveable. August is a voice actress, a quirky and fun-loving character whom you can’t help but like. Flynn is adorable, kind and caring, but is very career focused and works far too hard. They formed an easy friendship from the start and there is a lovely mix of humour and romance in the storyline. The romance is fabulous, they have a good connection and chemistry and brought out the best in each other, particularly their adventurous side. I really enjoyed the ‘pretending to be married’ trope. I felt the Abe and Poppy relationships, were unnecessary side stories. It felt wrong that Flynn and August were attracted to other people, while they were coming to terms with their own growing feelings and it didn’t sit right that August was feeling some of the same feelings for Abe that she shared for Flynn. I would have preferred the author to concentrate on the couple in hand and their growing feelings for one another.
I have read one other book by this author but I enjoyed this one so much more. The writing is wonderful and the storyline engaging and it is all neatly wrapped up in the Epilogue, including the side characters’ lives too. A very romantic and funny story that romance readers will love.
Publication Date (UK): 19 August 2021
Page Count: 464
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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