Title: A Suitable Replacement by Megan Derr
Series: Deceived #5
Genre: Fantasy, M/M, M/F
Published August 6th 2014 by Less Than Three Press LLC
Length: 218 pages
Rating: 3 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher
After three years abroad on an arduous expedition, Maximilian is happy to be home, where he can pursue his private studies in peace and enjoy not living in a dusty tent. He is also glad he has arrived in time to attend his twin sister's wedding in a few months, and to finally meet her fiancé, Kelcey.
Instead he arrives home to be accosted by his sister's furious fiancé, who wants to know where she has run off to and why. When they confirm the wedding is most definitely canceled, Max has no choice but to fulfill the runaway clause in the marriage contract: he must find Kelcey a new spouse.
But the more time passes, the more he wishes he could offer himself up as replacement, no matter how unsuitable an arrangement he knows that would be …
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Max's sister is missing a few months before her wedding with Kelcey. As soon as Max returned from his studies abroad, Kelcey shows up demanding his fiancée. As they try to find Max's sister, their friendship deepens until Max wishes to be his sister's replacement and marry Kelcey.
Kelcey is actually a destitute in society, without money and status after his family gained a reputation of being traitors. Max's sister approaches this outcast of society and proposes marriage. Out of the all the characters in the book, she is the most daring and charismatic. I like her character the most. Max is jealous of his sister for that and insecure of his own talents and charm.
After the introduction, the romance between Max and Kelcey becomes predictable. Max likes to image Kelcey as a dangerous highway man in cheap romance novels and himself as the heroine. He is too quick to fall in love and wants to marry Kelcey. In the beginning, it seemed like Kelcey was only looking for friendship from Max but then Kelcey suddenly want to marry Max.
The story gets more complex as Max is put under royal orders to be a marriage replacement and marry a princess since Max's sister ran away with a foreign lord who was engaged to a princess. Everything gets more complicated with political stuff added in. I don't really understand the reasons behind the orders from the royal family and it isn't well explained.
I like how the story flows and doesn't lags even though Max and Kelcey's romance is slow going. The story takes a turn that I was unprepared for and tries to make the original plot more exciting, but it doesn't add to character or plot development. It starts out fun and sweet with a little mystery of the missing bride and turns into something completely different that tries to tug the story in multiple directions. In the end, doesn't go anywhere. The characters all have their happy endings which is a plus but the journey is perplexing. Overall, this is an okay romance story in a history-fantasy world.
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