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The Butterfly Bride (Advertisements for Love #3) by Vanessa Riley. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Frederica Burghley wants to be married by Yuletide. Or else her father will set her up with one of his friends. The bonbon-loving illegitimate daughter of the duke wants to choose her own husband. Advertising in the newspaper seems like the way to go. But a sinister response, with threats against her life, leads her to enlist the help of her very handsome, dear friend Jasper Fitzwilliam, Lord Hartwell.

A father and widower, Jasper is not only tasked with keeping Frederica safe but also with helping his vibrant friend choose a suitable husband. The more he tries to keep the ever-surprising woman alive and find her a good match, the more Jasper realizes he cares for her. The two friends risk their lives for each other, so they should be able to risk their feelings for a chance at a deep and true love together. But he's not looking for marriage and she's not looking for convenience.


Frederica Burghley is the half caste daughter of  a Duke and his coloured mistress.  Her father loved her mother desperately,  so when she died Frederica moved in to live with her father.  No matter how perfectly she behaves everyone still treats her as the daughter of a whore.  The only way to be totally respectable is to marry.  Unfortunately the adverts she put in the paper have encouraged a dangerous man. 
Jasper Fitzwilliam,  the Viscount Hartwell is a widower with three young daughters.  He is very good friends with Frederica but left his heart firmly in the grave of his wife.  However he will protect her from the mysterious villain. 
A sweet Victorian historical romance that is part of a series featuring the lives of women of colour in a difficult time.  Emotional and amusing with a sprinkling of danger.  A very entertaining read. 




Even as she pursued engineering degrees, Vanessa Riley's love of 19th century history yielded a hunger to take as many Western Civilization credits as possible (two classes shy of a minor). Vanessa adore Regency times with its conflicts between Church and State, the clash of the classes, and the sweeping romances. Her mission is to have the world fall in love with powerful Regency heroes and heroines who battle for peace with a flintlock and a prayer.
Vanessa loves writing from the comfort of her southern porch with a cup of Earl Grey.

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