The novel opens with Marcus Bradley, Marquis of Fleetwood witnessing Danielle Strafford assist his fiancee Anne Newport to elope with the clerk from his solicitor's office. Marcus needs a wife with a large dowry so he can secure the finances to break the marriage contract between his sister Caroline and the Duke of Harwood.
Danni owns a book store under the ailias of Danielle Green that serves as the cover for her true mission - helping couples elope to Gretna Green. Marcus goes to the store and blackmails her into helping him find another wife.
I was hooked from the opening. At that point, I think I fell in love with Marcus. He is a truly tortured hero that isn't the big scary guy the Ton makes him out to be. All he wants to do is to save his sister from a marriage that he thinks will be abusive. Danni is someone that you would want to be a friend. She is loyal and sees the good side of Marcus. The book was well paced and had some inteeresting chapters like when Danni burst into Marcus's room as he was leaving the bath or when Marcus buys a dress at a local dress shop for Danni and unknowingly encounters his mother. I can't wait to see what happens with Marcus's mother in the next novel. One of the best things was knowing this was the first in a series.
"He's No Prince Charming" reminded me of how I felt when I read Eloisa James's first novel. This is an amazing debut novel. If I had a real book shelf, I would put Elle Daniels next to Eloisa James and Grace Burrowes. I can not wait until the next novel about Marcus's sister Caroline and the Duke is out!
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.