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Published by Atria Books April 2021

I have wanted to read “To Have and To Hoax” since it came out and I still haven’t read it but “To Love and To Loathe” became available in Net Galley and I couldn’t resist!
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This can be read as a stand alone which was great. There’s a nice group of friends. Diana is widowed which is exactly as she wants! She has a title, money, comfortable home and freedom. Before she never had such relief. And she wouldn’t be foolish again to ever remarry and lose it all.
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Diana and her friends go to the Marquess of Willingham, Jeremy and known rake, country estate for a house party. Diana enters a wager with Willingham that she can get him married within a year. He agrees knowing he won’t marry.
He’s worked tirelessly for years to overturn the estate to earning a profit, hasn’t come to terms with the passing of his brother, he doesn’t need to worry about pleasing a wife. Especially because he pleases his mistresses until one complains. This throws off his game.
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Diana keeps throwing Willingham with another guest hoping it ends with them forming an attachment but somehow it never works how she envisioned. There’s a crotchety old grandma, Diana and Jeremy enter into an agreement to help each other out.
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I really liked this and it kept my interest from the beginning. There is quite a few mentions of sex with a few intimate scenes but I did enjoy the sweet romance and character growth. I definitely want to read the first book now and can’t wait for the third! It kind of reminded me of a Regency “Sex in the City” (I haven’t watched it to know) so maybe like a Regency “Friends” as you do get Jeremy’s POV too.
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Thank you to Atria Books, the publisher, for the arc copy.

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