Title: Just A Kiss
(It's In His Kiss #1)
Author: Ally Broadfield
Length: 108 pages
Publisher: Entangled Edge
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
Ally Broadfield's Just A Kiss manages to pack a very well rounded fully expressed tale within its just over 108 pages.
Female protagonist, Charlotte Lightwood, makes it quite clear early on that though her favorite past time may be flower arranging; she is by no means a shrinking violet when it comes to managing the details of her life.
Male counterpart, Sabastian Wilkinson, provides just the right fuel to ignite the spark that is young Charlotte.
Though the direction of this story is quite clear from the start, the fun lies in watching the two love birds navigate the gauntlet that is English society, as well as their hearts.
Readers will be happy to find that Sabastian is a very down to earth character. Though the difference in his societal station and Charlotte's is glaringly apparent, he never makes it an issue. This makes him a very likeable guy.
This book's author walks the fine line that is novella perfection with a polished grace that few writers can master. She manages to keep the plot and flow of the tale on course, without sacrificing detail, distinct character nuance, or setting in the process.
Not quite a "bodice ripper", the romance here is achieved for the most part through petting and innuendo. There are however, a few rather steamy scenes that are well worth the build up.
Lastly, this reviewer is happy to report that, as with most romances of its elk...there is a surprisingly colorful "happily ever after" bow to be tied at story's end.
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