Just a Kiss (It's in His Kiss, #1)
by Ally Broadfield
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.
Charlotte has to find a husband in one season or she will be forced to marry a horrible man. She doesn't have a lot of money and must rely on her half brother and his wife for all she has. is wife just wants her out at any cost. Sebastian is an earl and he has his eye on another lady. He knows he has to marry. He proposes a deal he will help her attract different gentlemen's eye if she will help him win the lady he wants. It works well until Sebastian can't seem to find a decent gentleman for Charlotte. He has to look deep inside to see why he doesn't want her to marry another. They both want each other but being from different ranks they shouldn't be together.
This is a very delightful historical romance. It is a quick read but you quickly fall for not only Sebastian but Charlotte as well. He is a charming man who doesn't want to settle down really but will because he should. Charlotte is so much in one package of a woman. She loves flowers, working with her hands, can be sexy, friendly, smart and so much more. I love how she interacts with Sebastian and others. She hates the man she is being forced to marry and does everything she can to get out of it. They both tip toe around their true feelings for a while but Charlotte finally decides she needs some happiness. This historical romance is great because it has a strong female character as well as a gentleman that captures your eye and heart.
4 out of 5 Stars
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