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Just a Kiss
     

Just a Kiss

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by Ally Broadfield
 

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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

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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.

Each book in the It's in His Kiss series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Just a Kiss
Book #2 One Last Kiss

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622663828
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
04/28/2014
Series:
It's in His Kiss , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
137
Sales rank:
106,440
File size:
2 MB

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Just a Kiss

An It's in His Kiss Novella


By Ally Broadfield, Kerri-Leigh Grady, Allison Blisard

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Ally Broadfield
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-382-8


CHAPTER 1

Sussex, February 1811


Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, paced the lengthy corridor outside his grandmother's bedchamber while he waited for the doctor to finish his examination. Moments later, the door creaked open and he braced himself to receive the diagnosis.

"She is out of danger," Dr. Young said.

Sebastian relaxed his shoulders, grateful at long last to be able to inhale deeply again.

"However," he continued, "she is still frail and therefore more susceptible to illness. You must take measures to prevent her from becoming ill again." He linked his fingers together and held his hands against his ample stomach. "She should rest frequently, and you must not allow her to become chilled. I recommend she stay inside in front of the fireplace on rainy days. That was a virulent fever and if she has another, she will not survive."

The doctor continued with his instructions, but Sebastian was no longer listening. He was anxious to see Gran. Dr. Young had served as their family physician since before Sebastian was born, and he always gave the same instructions for care. Holding his palm up to stop the doctor's inane chatter, he opened the door to Gran's bedchamber and beckoned to her maid. "Margaret, please come and attend Dr. Young. He will go over the instructions for Lady Marley's continuing care."

"Yes, my lord," Margaret said, slipping past him into the corridor.

Sebastian stole into Gran's chamber and settled into the chair next to her bed.

Her lids fluttered open, and she focused unerringly on him. "It's about time you came to visit me."

He took her warm, dry hand, thankful it was no longer cold and limp. "I took tea with you not two hours ago. Doc didn't mention that your illness left you deranged."

Gran fumbled about on her bedside table.

"May I be of service in —" He yelped when her closed fan connected with the side of his head. Yes, she would definitely recover. Suddenly exhausted after being relieved of the weight of worry, he allowed himself to slump into the chair next to her bed.

Gran pulled herself up against the headboard and squared her shoulders. "Doc has given me permission to travel within a fortnight. We're already at a disadvantage since the season has started without us, but I trust you will apply yourself to finding a suitable bride this year."

He leaned his head against the back of the chair and studied the molding on her ceiling. "What if I don't wish to have a suitable bride?"

"I certainly don't countenance you taking an unsuitable one."

He lifted his head. "Gran, I'm serious."

"So am I." She slapped her palm against the headboard. "It is high time for you to take a wife and produce an heir or two. I want to see you make an advantageous match before I die, and I could go at any moment."

Sebastian rolled his eyes. "You needn't be so melodramatic."

"Apparently, I must. You don't seem to be taking me seriously."

He studied each wrinkle and dark spot on her face. After singlehandedly raising him following the death of his parents, she had earned each of those marks, just as she'd earned the right to see him settled. And she wouldn't truly relax until he married. He owed her that much and more. "All right, Gran. This is the season in which the Earl of Marley will find a wife."

* * *

London, March 1811


Charlotte Lightwood strode through the front door and started up the staircase. Her eldest niece, Amelia, followed on her heels. Charlotte stopped abruptly when her sister-in-law's voice carried up the staircase from the parlor. Amelia crashed into her back and placed a hand on Charlotte's shoulder to steady herself. She turned toward her niece and put a finger to her lips. They simultaneously tilted their heads toward the parlor. The identity of Elizabeth's guest would determine whether Charlotte and Amelia would join them, as would be proper, or scurry up the staircase like mice being chased by a cat.

The rumble of a male voice drifted to them, and the decision was made.

Scurry. Unquestionably scurry. They raced up to the first landing, but they were too slow.

The heels of Elizabeth's half boots tapped against the parquet floor as she exited the parlor and halted at the base of the staircase. "Charlotte, there you are. You must come to the parlor and speak with cousin Horace."

Charlotte froze. She would rather have had her fingers broken one by one than be in the same room with her sister-in-law's cousin, who was most decidedly not related to her.

"You too, Amelia."

Resigned to her fate, Charlotte descended the stairs and gave her cloak to their butler, Adams, who stood by with an appropriately stoic expression but for his mouth, which was pinched in disapproval. Charlotte shuffled along behind Elizabeth, Amelia trailing her closely.

Horace lounged on the settee near the window, tapping his sausage-like fingers against his thigh in impatience. He rose and wiped the perspiration from his upper lip as Charlotte entered the parlor. She curtsied. "Good afternoon, Mr. Janson."

"Charlotte," her sister-in-law chided, "it's not necessary to be so formal with our cousin."

She gritted her teeth. On the contrary, it was very important for her to keep Horace at a distance. He crossed the floor quickly, took her hand, and kissed it. She was thankful she hadn't yet removed her gloves. Even without direct contact, a shiver of revulsion swept through her. His overly watchful gaze and clammy hands always left her feeling unclean.

Charlotte dropped into a small chair and smoothed her skirts, grateful Elizabeth hadn't been able to maneuver quickly enough to force her to sit on the settee with Horace. Amelia took the chair next to her, and Elizabeth fidgeted beside Horace.

Horace settled his bulk back into his seat. "I understand you and Amelia went for a walk in the park."

"Yes. After a day of rain yesterday, the sunlight today was too tempting to ignore." Charlotte fussed with the fringe on the pillow next to her.

"Did you wear a bonnet?" Horace asked. "I wouldn't want you to mar your skin with ugly freckles."

Charlotte drew in a sharp breath. The nerve of the man. As if her appearance was any of his concern.

"How kind of you, Horace," Elizabeth added quickly, glaring at Charlotte.

Charlotte gave Amelia a meaningful stare, willing the girl to say something to focus the attention of her mother and her odious cousin on herself. Amelia gave an almost imperceptible shrug and turned to Horace. "How long will you be in London?"

He swung his reptilian gaze toward Amelia. "That depends on how much time it takes me to conclude my business. For now, I plan on at least a fortnight, but I will stay in town as long as is necessary." He stared at Charlotte, as if in challenge. A prickle of uneasiness swept through her.

Elizabeth stood. "I nearly forgot. Amelia," she said without so much as a glance at her daughter, "I would like your opinion on a new pattern Madame Poirier sent over this afternoon. I must respond today if she is to finish my dress in time for the Chadwick ball."

Horace began to rise, but Elizabeth stopped him. "There's no need to stand on formality among family. Charlotte will entertain you in our absence. We shan't be long."

Charlotte's face filled with heat, and Amelia gave her a confused look.

Elizabeth pushed her daughter into the corridor and pulled the door nearly closed. A mere inch of light struggled to shine through the narrow gap. Charlotte was alone with Horace.

"But, Mama." Amelia's voice carried in from the corridor. "I thought you already had your dress for the ball."

"Be quiet, child." Elizabeth's voice grew fainter as their footsteps retreated down the hall.

Charlotte sat in stunned silence for a moment before her mind began to work again. The remains of tea on the table gave her an idea. She stood and tugged the bell pull. Perhaps she could persuade the maid who brought the tray to stay and serve. At the very least, she would have a reason to widen the gap in the door and make sure it stayed open.

Horace frowned. "I've already had tea."

The man was nothing if not predictable. Apparently, the fact that she had not yet had tea was of no consequence to him.

Mary appeared almost immediately, relieving Charlotte of the necessity to concoct a mundane response to Horace. "Would you like me to bring more tea, ma'am?"

She sighed in relief at the unobstructed view of the corridor. "Yes, please. Do you think you could find some biscuits as well? I worked up quite an appetite during our walk."

"I'll see what I can find." The maid curtsied and left with the old tray, leaving the door wide open. As it should be.

Charlotte sat in her chair and smiled benignly at Horace, feeling no particular need to keep up the pretense of a conversation. Long minutes of blissful silence filled the space between them.

Horace shifted and leaned toward her. "There is something I would like to speak with you about."

Her heart dropped into her stomach. "I can't imagine anything you would need to discuss with me."

His brows dropped. "Don't play coy with me, Charlotte. You're a smart girl. I'm certain you understand my intentions."

Mary strode in with the tea tray, delaying Charlotte's need to respond. She moved the sugar bowl aside to inspect the biscuits, stalling for time, searching for a way to prevent him from continuing his line of conversation. "Would you like another cup?"

"I suppose so," he grumbled.

"Do you care for sugar?" she asked, ignoring his surliness.

"No," he grunted.

She poured and placed the cup in front of him. Her stomach rumbled in appreciation as she perused the biscuits. She placed several on her plate, hoping to avoid conversation by keeping her mouth full.

She took a bite of a tart, yet sweet, lemon biscuit and prayed Elizabeth and Amelia would return soon. This wasn't the first time Elizabeth had attempted to present Horace as a possible match for her, but it was certainly the most blatant. There was no doubt that Elizabeth would use almost any means to get what she wanted, but even she wouldn't stoop low enough to try to compromise Charlotte and force her into a marriage with Horace. Would she?

Horace spoke after Charlotte took a taste of an almond biscuit. "You should consider cutting back on the biscuits if you don't want to have to let out your gowns."

Charlotte sucked in an angry breath and choked, coughing crumbs onto the table in a most unladylike fashion. She would have been mortified if anyone other than Horace had been present. The wretched man. She had never been so insulted in her life.

With a pointed glance at his rather prominent paunch, she stood and walked to the hearth, hoping Horace would allow her a moment to compose herself. She coughed again, attempting to clear her throat.

"Perhaps I was a bit hasty about the biscuits," he said, creeping up behind her. "This is quite a nice view."

What could that mean? Before she had a chance to turn around, he cupped her buttock and pinched. Her heart pounded and heat suffused her face, and before she could consider her actions, she spun and punched him hard in the eye.

"How dare you!" Her voice shook with rage.

"Bloody hell!" He covered his left eye and glared at her. "You struck me! You are not the lady I thought you were."

She gasped. "You ... you touched me! And pinched me!" Her heart thundered at twice its normal speed. Curse her thin gown. Curse its lack of padding. And curse Horace for being so vile. Her knuckle was already swelling where it had connected with his eye socket. She held it out and stared at it idly, as if it belonged to someone else. It didn't hurt, though she suspected it would when the rage subsided.

Of course that was the moment Elizabeth chose to return, peering into the parlor with a comically shocked expression. "What in the world is going on in here?"

Amelia's mouth fell open.

Charlotte dashed from the parlor, too horrified to admit what Horace had done to her.

* * *

Charlotte perched on the edge of her bed, absently watching the passersby on the street two floors below. Tears threatened to fall, but she would not allow it. She had lived with her much-older half brother Richard and his wife Elizabeth for more than ten years, but she'd never been treated as a family member. She barely remembered what it was like to be a part of a loving family.

Amelia and her younger niece and nephews loved her, but Richard was indifferent at best, and Elizabeth had never attempted to hide her dislike of Charlotte. Her sister-in-law resented Charlotte's intrusion on their lives and had once said it was inconsiderate of her parents to have died and burdened Richard — who, after all, was only her half brother — with the task of serving as her guardian. As if her parents had died on purpose just to spite Elizabeth. If Charlotte's father were still alive, Elizabeth would have no title, no house in town, and only a cottage in which to live at Burdett. Even considering the burden Charlotte presented, Elizabeth more than came out ahead.

Her machinations weren't deserving of tears.

A knock sounded at the door, but it burst open before Charlotte could respond. Elizabeth sailed into the chamber and perched on the edge of the only seat, a small, unadorned oak armchair that had once resided in the butler's pantry. "What were you thinking? How dare you treat Horace that way? If this is how you behave toward men who show an interest in you, we'll be saddled with you forever. I insist that you apologize to him at once."

Charlotte crossed her arms. "I will not apologize to him. He pinched me."

"I find that difficult to believe. Horace is a gentleman." Elizabeth crossed her arms and glared at Charlotte.

Charlotte glared back. It was a draw.

"Horace has made an offer for you. Since you haven't received any others, I have accepted on your behalf." She stood.

Charlotte closed her eyes and took a deep breath. "I will not marry him." Though spoken with conviction, her words felt futile in her mouth.

Elizabeth held up her hand. "He will call on you tomorrow afternoon." When she reached the door, she glanced back at Charlotte, her hand on the latch. "You will apologize." The door clicked closed behind her, and a few moments later it opened again.

Amelia strode over and sat next to her on the bed. Following a quick skirmish in the corridor, Jacob, Daniel, and Michael appeared in the threshold.

"Does Mama know you've left the nursery?" Amelia asked her brothers.

"Perhaps," nine-year-old Jacob, their leader, answered.

Charlotte waved them in. "Come here and give me a hug."

They rushed over as one and nearly knocked her flat on the bed in their enthusiasm.

"What's wrong, Aunt Charlotte?" Daniel asked. He had recently turned six and would not let Michael, one year his junior, forget it. Phoebe, the baby of the family, was not old enough to keep up with boys.

"Nothing is wrong with Aunt Charlotte," Amelia answered for her, "but you will be sorry if Nanny Filcher or Mama finds you here."

They shrieked and dashed out into the corridor.

Following in their wake, Amelia closed the door and returned to her place on the bed. She gently pulled out Charlotte's fingers and studied the dark bruise forming on her first knuckle. "It's a good thing you were wearing gloves."

With that, they both burst into laughter, and Charlotte was glad for the momentary release of tension Amelia and her brothers had provided. Amelia held Charlotte's injured hand on her lap and gently massaged her fingers.

"Amelia, what am I to do? I will not marry horrible Horace."

Amelia giggled. "Horrible Horace sounds like some sort of dreadful attraction at the circus."

"Perhaps we could capture him and sell him to the circus." Charlotte pulled at a thread on her coverlet.

"I know Mama is being difficult, but you must endure. Papa promised you a season in London, and he will not renege on his word. You'll soon be attending balls and other social events where you'll have a chance to meet other prospects." Amelia sighed.

"I wish she would have allowed us to come out at the same time. I'll do my best to marry this season so you can make your debut next year." She patted Amelia's knee, grateful for her niece's support. Living in this house would be unbearable without it.


(Continues...)

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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, a parrot, and several reptiles. Oh, and her husband. She likes to curse in Russian and spends most of her spare time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She writes historical romance and middle grade/young adult fantasy.

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Just a Kiss (An It's in His Kiss Novella) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good, easy read with enjoyable characters to love and hate.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
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.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: Muahaha! I love the "Let's pretend to be courting so that people will think things" that ends up leading to some mixed emotions. I remember when I started the story, I was like, "Must see where this goes." And I liked where it went. Charlotte and Sebastian think they're just helping each other out, but it becomes so much more. It's almost like there needs to be a disclaimer when people do this: Never kiss. Because the second you do, well, the floodgates open and you're gonna go all in. Just... always... always with the kiss. I mean, if it were me in Charlotte's position... yeah... the kissing would have done me in too. Just a Kiss is an adorable little historical novella. It keeps your interest and you can't stop feeling swoony. The romance is sweet and the characters make you cheer for them. I would definitely be interested in seeing what else Ally Broadfield has to offer in the world of romance. My Rating: Very Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book loved the whole idea of the historical romance loved Sebastian and Charlotte story line very cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, promises his grandmother that he'll find a wife and give her great-grand children. Charlotte Lightwood has one season to find a husband. She has to escape her sister-in-law's plotting. She won't be forced to marry Elizabeth's odious cousin even if she ends up destitute. What happens next will keep you reading. I loved these characters. You can feel the sexual tension when these two are together. Their romance is both tender and passionate. The secondary characters add so much to the story. I hope to see more of them in the future. I really want to know what happens to Anna, Princess Tarasova as well as Lord Ashdown. This is the first book I've read by this author, but it won't be the last. Her writing style is so witty and the story is skillfully crafted. Just a Kiss gave me the HEA that I wanted. A perfect romantic pick-me-up!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
This was an adorable read...though I would have loved for it to be longer. (I want more details, more background, more cute romantic interludes--and more Sebastian!) An entirely likable heroine who has a definite Cinderella-like vibe going on meets her Prince Charming--oops, I mean Earl Charming and his fairy godmother--drat it, I mean grandmother. ;) Very fun! I'm especially glad to see this one is a first in a series--can't wait to read more! Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B  I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
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.
cattouch More than 1 year ago
Charlotte lives with her stepbrother and his wife who doesn't like her at all...She is finally having her first season and has to find a suitor or be forced to marry the odious Horace. She meets the most sought after bachelor who is rich, gorgeous, titled, funny and nice....they are attracted to each other but she feels not worthy of him and he needs someone with a title...they agree to help each other,,,,she by giving him info on the Princess he admires, and he will make her more desirable to the other bachelors. Their a cute, fun couple...dialogue between them is great....Good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a sweet story.  The dynamic characters kept me turning the pages.  Charlotte and Sebastian were a perfect match and I enjoyed hearing about his grandma as well.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Just a Kiss is a novella in the It’s in His Kiss series and looks like a fantastic start. At just over 100 pages, the two do fall in love pretty quickly but that’s what you expect in a novella but, an important thing for me, I didn’t feel cheated by the length of the story. Broadfield gives her readers a complete, and amazingly sweet, story in just about 100 pages. Marley is your typical lord – concerned about his title, his position in society and the future of his line. But he also loves his grandmother dearly, is dedicated to his friends, and is willing to help out those he feels aren’t being treated fairly. And that includes Charlotte. Charlotte is the poor relation and it’s obvious, plus she’s a little out of her depth in London society. But she’s also caring and kind. When she catches Marley’s eye, as well as his grandmother’s, her season is starting to look up. Only the more time she spends with Marley the more attracted she is to him and she’s definitely not his social equal. The struggle between what Marley should do and what he wants to do is handled deftly. Again, this is a novella so it all happens quickly – we know that a happy ending is in their future but Broadfield makes it fun getting there. She also introduces us Marley’s friend Lord Ashdown and Princes Tarasova, a possible bride for him and quick friend to Charlotte. Both are very appealing and hopefully will play a starring role in the next installment in the series. Just a Kiss is the perfect choice for readers who are looking for a quick read on a beautiful spring day. It may go fast but you’ll devour every page and finish with a little happy sigh. (complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this Historical Romance...It took me back in time, a fun read for all who love a romance..
CharleneCF More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novella.  It starts with Charlotte, a poor relation, who is being made to marry a man she just loathes.  She is promised a season in London, and takes advantage so she might find a man she can love.  Sebastian courts Charlotte, so that it can create interest in other men, as he thinks that he loves one of her friends.  They fall in love and have their happily ever after.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. Charlotte and Sebastian story is sometimes love finds you when you least expect it.
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Lightfoot is living in her brothers household and her sister in law is doing all she can to get her married and out of the house. Charlotte is doing all she can to avoid marrying her sister in laws cousin Horace. In fact she punches him out twice! Her brother has promised her one season and Charlotte needs to make the most of it. Sebastian, the Earl of Marley, has promised his grandmother to find a wife this season. He decided he will marry a Russian Princess Anna. The problem is he needs to find more about her to woo her. He meets Charlotte and strikes a deal with her to help her find a husband and she in turn will provide inside information on Princess Anna whom she has started to become friends with. Through the book there humor and I was able to relate to the characters and I couldn't put the book down. I am a sucker for a great historical romance and this one fit the bill! I was provided a copy of this book for my honest, open review.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
Do you want to read a fast paced love story that has hilarious characters? How about a book with a heroine that punches out a suitor not one time but twice? Then this novella is for you. Charlotte Lightfoot lives in society's background. She has two joys of her life, her clan of nephews and a niece and arranging flowers. She can't just rearrange her own flowers, she feels compelled to do it at balls. Charlotte is unloved and unwanted by her super mean and evil sister-in-law, Elizabeth. She is pushing Charlotte to marry her creepy and handsy Cousin Horace. If she does not get a offer of marriage by the end of the Season, she must marry him. What's a girl to do? Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, is a very rich and deeply cares for his grandmother, Dowager Countess of Marley, who raised him after his parents death. She is getting old and sick and wants him to marry this Season. Sebastian will marry for her and his bride must be rich and have great noble bloodlines. What's a rich earl to do to weed out unfavorable matches? Sebastian and Charlotte team up to help one another. He will show society that she is desirable by showing his regard for her. Charlotte will find out all the gossip about Princess Anna and tell the princess all about him. What they don't expect is to have a meddling grandmother, a troublemaking dog, flowers galore and a house party to make them fall in love. This is the first book of Ms. Broadfield that I have read and I am now her newest fan. She writes with humor and comes up with ridiculous situations. She even wrote a very sweet princess that I actually wanted to be friends with. I love how his grandmother is always slapping Sebastian upside his head! Oscar, her dog, goes everywhere with grandma (balls, carriages etch.) and causes havoc. The novella is longer than most and I give it a score of 4 fingers up and 9 toes. Reviewed from a NetGalley ARC.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a Kiss was a fun read with engaging characters! Light and refreshing, this novella had great character development and story situations that had me invested in Charlotte and Sebastian's dilemma of making a perfect match in less than ideal circumstances. The plot moved quickly and there was quite a bit of clever, sharp dialogue between the two main characters that made this story engaging and enjoyable. The secondary characters were also richly portrayed, and I found myself quite loathing Charlotte's sister-in-law and adoring Sebastian and his Grandmother's relationship. I tend to like longer novels, and while I could have read more about Charlotte and Sebastian and their relationship, I did not find this novella lacking and was quite satisfied. I look forward to reading more from Ally Broadfield!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adored this Cinderella themed story.    Charlotte needs to find a husband before she’s married off to her sister-in-laws horrible cousin.  She has no dowry and no potential suitors.  Her sister-in-law treats her horribly and her brother barely notices her.  Sebastian, the catch of the Season, must marry as well to please his grandmother.  The quirky characters and dialogue had me laughing out loud.  It is not love at first site, but the journey is thoroughly enjoyable!  I look forward to reading more from Ally Broadfield!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The characters were very enjoyable and I felt like I really got to know them even though it is a short novella. I love historical fiction and the witty dialogue was fantastic. I would have liked for it to be longer. I wanted to see what happened to the characters after the book ended! I look forward to more books and there are definitely other great characters to write a book on that were only touched on in this book!
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Light and sweet, Just a Kiss was an enjoyable historical romance novella. I liked this quick read. It was a sweet novella. Sebastian and Charlotte were both great. Charlotte was determined not to let her sister-in-law take control of her life and was strong enough to follow through. Sebastian was sweet, though a bit oblivious to what was right in front of him. But, still adorable. I liked both characters. The romance was good. It took a while to actually progress, though, so that slowed down the book for me and affected my enjoyment of it. But, I still thought they were great together and that the romance was sweet. The plot was well paced and I was kept mostly interested the entire way through. I did skim in some parts. I enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. Just a Kiss was a sweet historical romance novella. It was a light, enjoyable read. Romance lovers, this is a novella you might want to check out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun novella that was a quick, enjoyable read. I absolutely loved Charlotte and Sebastian together. Their witty banter and playful conversations had me chuckling out loud and smirking like a fool. My favorite character would have to be Gran – Sebastian’s grandmother – I couldn’t wait to read what would come out of her mouth next. Although this was a novella, I didn’t feel short-changed with the story. There was enough character development and plot to keep me turning the pages, and the ending left me smiling and happy with how things turned out. I received a copy of the book from the publisher for an honest review.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Charlotte finds herself in an unfoturnate situation. When her father died she was left in the care of her brother and sister-in-law who don't seem to particularly care to have her around. Her sister-in-laws solution is to force her hand and make her marry a very gross and horrid man. Charlotte would do just about anything to stop this from happening, so when Sebastian takes her under his wing (so to speak) and offers to help her find other suitors, she hopes that he can help.  Or course, this being a romance novel things work out a little differently than any of our characters suspect. Sebastian's mother has a the right of it throughout the whole story, but no one around her seems to notice. This was a sweet romance where the hero steps in to save the day at the last moment - the perfect moment. There is a bit of wit and humor to help top it all off as well.  *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*