Lady Violet Grey and Lord James Audley were madly in love when they got married, but after a huge fight, they’ve barely spoken to each other in years. When James is thrown from his horse Violet rushes to his side, but James is oblivious to Violet’s concern. Violet fakes her own illness and while the two attempt to one-up each other can they also find a way back to each other.
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To Have and to Hoax was everything I love about rom-com. I love historical romantic comedies, I think because there are so many societal rules that are just asking to be broken in them. This was also a lovers to enemies to lovers. So before I even started this book I knew I was going to like it and I was right. I loved it!
This book is a regency era War of the Roses (I’m probably dating myself here), with a married couple who is at war with each other. I did like James and Violet a lot. Though this book takes place in the past, you can tell it was written now. James is very much a man ahead of his time in regard to his views and that made him all the more likable. Violet, of course, was outspoken and stubborn, two of my favorite female character traits.
The story was quite addicting, seeing how these two tried to one-up each other. I couldn’t wait to see what these two would get up to next! It was well-paced and though you knew the outcome you still wanted to keep reading. I also liked that the reason for these two becoming enemies was a bit of a mystery. So when you did find out you knew the characters a little bit and could understand why this would be so impactful to them.
I loved this book, and I highly recommend it!