Charlotte lives with her brother and sister-in-law, though Elizabeth seems determined to get rid of her. Unless Charlotte finds a husband this season she will be forced to marry Elizabeth's cousin, Horace. At the first ball she meets The Earl of Marley, Sebastian, and the pair of them make a deal; Sebastian will attract attention to Charlotte, and she will help him to court the Princess. But things don't always go to plan, and the attraction each of them feels towards each other grows, to the extent where remembering their duty and stations is almost completely forgotten. When the people around them start to notice how they feel, the couple have to rethink their relationship to one another.
Just a Kiss is a short and sweet regency novella, with several classic elements, notably the titleless and impoverished but beautiful heroine and the charming, handsome and rich hero, who start off liking each other a bit, and end up loving each other a lot. Though slightly predictable, Just a Kiss is a well written and enjoyable read, and definitely recommended if you want a quick and easy one.
I liked Charlotte as a character because she stood up for herself, as opposed to many characters that just stand by and let things happen. And I knew that I liked her really early on, probably around the point that she gave Horace a black eye (he absolutely deserved it).
Compared to other Regency romances that I have read there was actually less of an emphasis on the culture and customs of the people of the town, though I don't think that that detracted from the story because of the simplicity of the romance. There's no real drama or falling outs, which is what made it an easy read.
Just a Kiss
Tagline: His proposal could only lead to temptation...
Book Synopsis: 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.
Author Bio: Ally lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, five dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and several reptiles. Oh, and her husband. She likes to curse in Russian and spends most of her time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She writes historical romance set in Regency England and Imperial Russia.
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