by Rebecca Hagan Lee

April 2004
ISBN: 0-425-19525-2
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Mass Market Paperback

Rebecca Hagen Lee sends readers back to England to rejoin the Free Fellows League as they take on Napoleon and other forces against the Crown, forsaking home and hearth for patriotism.

In Merely the Groom, Viscount Grantham, Colin McElreath, discovers that someone else has been using his spying identity - Colin Fox - and has lured a young maiden into a bigamous marriage at Gretna Green. As he and his League brethren work to uncover the identity of the scoundrel, the young lady’s family is also trying to uncover the whereabouts of one Colin Fox.

Gillian Davies cannot believe she was so stupid! Not only did she allow infatuation to muddle her thinking, but she went so far as to elope with such a deceitful cad! Once the “damage” had been done, all Gillian wants to do is return home to her loving family. She wants to forget that the entire incident ever happened.

As you might imagine, the Bow Street Runner finds Grantham first. Wanting to avoid scandal and the discovery of his underground connections, Colin immediately sets out to offer his assistance to Baron Davies in finding the true villain. Soon however, Colin discovers just how a shrewd businessman negotiates a deal, and Gillian finds herself being married yet again!

A follow up book to the amusing Barely a Bride, this book sparkles with humor and wit. The Free Fellows hope to evade matrimony, yet seem to encounter it at every turn! Colin and Gillian are well-suited and the sparks fly between them. Tracking down the duplicitous rogue who has a habit of eloping with young ladies is a fine secondary plot.

Merely a Groom will keep readers entertained for a few hours, and whet their appetites for the next book in the series, Hardly a Husband.

Reviewed in March 2004 by Paula.

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