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Series: It’s in His Kiss #0.5
Author: Ally Broadfield
Publisher: Entangled Edge, Entangled Publishing
Date of Publication: April 28th, 2014
This is a brilliant Regency romance novella with strong characters, intrigue and a deal you just know isn’t going to work out as planned! Following the death of her parents, Charlotte’s half brother and his wife are responsible for her care. Unfortunately, his wife resents the presence of Charlotte and her sister in their household and is anything but caring. Her half brother has agreed that Charlotte should have a season but his wife has made arrangements for her obnoxious cousin to wed her. With no title and no dowry Charlotte won’t be the catch of the season, so has little hope of making a good match until a highly eligible bachelor offers to help her if she’ll help him! Sebastian Wilkinson is the Earl of Marley and he has promised his elderly gran that he’ll marry this season. He asks Charlotte to advise him about which ladies he should court and he, in return, will show her attention which will entice other eligible males to look on her more favourably. Needless to say, the plan is bound to backfire as their mutual attraction develops but will they succumb and follow their hearts or give in to the pressure to conform to society expectations?
The characters are well formed, their banter highly entertaining and the romance just right! I loved Charlotte’s interactions with Horace, especially – he got almost all he deserved! This is a lovely quick read, delightful to escape into and fun, too – I can’t wait to read more in this series and others by this author in future!
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.
Charlotte Lightwood has one season to find a husband or she’ll be forced to marry her guardian’s loathsome cousin. With no title or dowry, she doesn’t have much hope of making a good match. Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, has been the most eligible bachelor on the marriage mart for more years than he cares to count and is very aware of his duty to marry a woman who will add to the wealth and stature of his title. Sebastian makes Charlotte an offer she can’t refuse: he will pretend to court her to help her attract more suitors in exchange for her advice about which ladies he should pursue. As they work together, their mutual attraction grows. When they realize they just might be perfect for one another, they must decide whether to bow to the dictates of society or follow their hearts.
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