Series: The Vandenbrook Series #1
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, Humorous, New Adult, Romance, Royalty
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The last thing career-driven Kessen wants is to leave her home in Colorado to spend a few months in London, far away from her job, her friends and the memories of her mother. However, her father, the Earl of Newberry, threatens to disinherit her unless she gets in touch with her English roots. She complies, but has no intention of enjoying the experience.
That is until she meets Christian Vandenbrook, the arrogant and irritatingly handsome future Duke of Albany and her father's business partner. Unfortunately, Christian hates Americans. And coffee. And apparently, Kessen. A hatred this passionate can only lead to one thing... marriage.
Caught in the middle of a Regency-inspired nightmare, Kessen and Christian are forced to marry in only one week's time. Resigned to their fate, the two resolve to give the relationship a chance - which would be much easier if everyone would stop interrupting them every time they found a moment alone.
I love Rachel Van Dyken’s writing, I don’t know why or how she does it but I do love her writing. There are even some times after I finish reading one of her books and I think about the plot and I can’t help but notice it’s not normally something I would have really liked, but her writing style just makes it impossible for me not to like her stories. This first thing I think of when I think about this book is how cute it was, how much I laughed out loud, and how awesome the secondary characters were in this novel.
So I really love Kessen, she’s super smart, she’s driven to do well in her career, she has a love of historical romance novels, and just in general she is fun to read. She ends up having to go to London for a “season” to appease her father if she wants to one day take over the family business, so she goes, although she is totally not for it. Christian works for her dad, but more than that he is also a future duke, and his family goes back a very long time, so much so that the historical novels that Kessen loves so much are all based on Christian’s family. Christian is not so much a fan of Kessen on principle, he’s polite, but he already has an idea of what she is going to be like in his head, only it turns out he is completely wrong.
After a compromising exchange is caught on camera between Kessen and Christian, it looks like the two of them are going to end up spending the rest of their lives together (don’t you love the old school customs dictating the lives of royalty). While I wasn’t completely sold on that, I did love the position it put the two of them in. Both of their best friends show up to help out with the impending nuptials, and their friends bring such hilarious comedy to the situation that’s its just so much fun to read. There’s paintball fights, forced outdoor activities, the friends sleeping in the hallways to make sure Kessen and Christian don’t end up in each others rooms, and the most elaborate prank ever, it’s just great fun to read.
I loved the chemistry between the two leads, and the laugh out loud humor throughout. The pacing is great, and the writing style is everything I have come to expect from Rachel’s books. If you have read any of her books before you should check out this book, and if you are looking for a lighthearted romance that will have you laughing, then you should totally check out this book.