The Baron Next Door: A Prelude to a Kiss Novel

The Baron Next Door: A Prelude to a Kiss Novel

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by Erin Knightley
     
 

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Charity Effington learned two valuable lessons from her first betrothal:
1) When one loses the attention of an earl, one gains the attention of every gossip in London.
2) Despite the lingering scandal, she’s not prepared to marry for anything less than love.
 
After an exhausting Season, Bath’s…  See more details below

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Charity Effington learned two valuable lessons from her first betrothal:
1) When one loses the attention of an earl, one gains the attention of every gossip in London.
2) Despite the lingering scandal, she’s not prepared to marry for anything less than love.
 
After an exhausting Season, Bath’s first annual music festival offers Charity the perfect escape. Between her newly formed trio and her music-loving grandmother, Charity is free to play the pianoforte to her heart’s content. That is, until their insufferably rude, though undeniably handsome, neighbor tells her to keep the “infernal racket” to a minimum.
 
Hugh Danby, Baron Cadgwith, may think he’s put an end to the noise, but he has no idea what he’s begun. Though the waters of Bath provide relief from the suffering of his war injuries, he finds his new neighbor bothersome, vexing, and…inexplicably enchanting. Before long, Hugh suspects that even if his body heals, it’s his heart that might end up broken.

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Publishers Weekly
★ 04/28/2014
Knightley’s first prelude to a Kiss music-themed romance will delight Regency fans looking to escape London’s stuffy ballrooms. Charity Effington wants to play the pianoforte at the Summer Serenade in Somerset and enjoy Bath’s social whirl without gossips tittering about her broken betrothal. Hugh Danby, Baron of Cadgwick, seeks relief from his war wounds in Bath’s famous healing waters so that he can live up to his new baronial responsibilities. The last thing he wants is to fall in love, especially with a pianist whose music aggravates his condition. Charity is overwhelmed with a petty rival, a competing suitor, and an overbearing father, but new BFFs May and Sophie are on hand for comedy and support. Hugh alternates between letting down his guard and hurting Charity with his distance, unable to believe in his own worth. Their intricate courtship dance is supremely gratifying, and readers will eagerly await future stories of the Summer Serenade. (June)
From the Publisher
Praise for Erin Knightley
 
“Endearing characters, eloquent writing, and a spoonful of charm.”—Under the Covers
 
“A witty and engaging love story.”—Lydia Dare, author of Wolfishly Yours
 
“Charmingly sweet and tender.”—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698137929
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Series:
A Prelude to a Kiss Novel , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
31,578
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for Erin Knightley
 
“Endearing characters, eloquent writing, and a spoonful of charm.”Under the Covers
 
“A witty and engaging love story.”—Lydia Dare, author of Wolfishly Yours
 
“Charmingly sweet and tender.”—Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Despite being an avid reader and closet writer her whole life, Erin Knightley decided to pursue a sensible career in science. It was only after earning her BS and working in the field for years that she realized doing the sensible thing wasn’t any fun at all. Following her dreams, Erin left her practical side behind and now spends her days writing. Together with her tall, dark, and handsome husband and their three spoiled mutts, she is living her own Happily Ever After in North Carolina.

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The Baron Next Door: A Prelude to a Kiss Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Bryher More than 1 year ago
And Erin Knightley does it again! This woman cannot write a book I don't absolutely love! After reading Flirting with Fortune, and getting the first chapter of The Baron Next Door I have been dying to read this book. It did not disappoint! Of course I had to reread the first chapter again, and I got me so excited to read this story. However, after that amazing chapter things slowed way down. I will admit that the only thing I disliked about this book was how slow it was after the first chapter. I was really expecting the two leads to "prank" each other more. I did enjoy that Charity made some great friends for the music festival, but I am torn. Sometimes I felt there was too much of the friendship and not enough interaction between Hugh and Charity. Other times I felt everything was just right. What makes this book stand apart from the rest is like all of Erin Knightley's books, there are not any sex scenes. For me this is golden, but for others it might be a negative. Also, ever since A Taste of Scandal, I think a lot of Knightley's fans have been wondering what happened to sweet Charity. This book was perfect for her because the one man who couldn't stand her music set himself apart from the rest. There were a lot of cultural references as well, which I think will intensify in the third book to this series. As always, the romances are so real in Knightley's books. They always make me fall for the guy. This book was just splendid! Hugh was my favorite type of hero. He has troubles and feels he doesn't deserve the woman he loves because he thinks she deserves better. These types always steal my heart because they give up what they want more than anything in the world for the person they love to be happy. Such sacrifice is so romantic. Charity is just an absolute sweetheart that I totally related to. She is always the dutiful daughter and never is rude. I feel like I hold back from saying mean things to people who deserve it all the time. However, she and I like to avoid conflict. We admire the strong people who say what they feel and wish we could be more like them. Charity did find her backbone in this story though when it really mattered, and I adored her for it. Fantastic read! I'm sure I will read it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was good, but I only rated it a 3 star because I did not like Ms. Knightley's careless use of Jesus Christ's name in the book. If not for those times, I would have rated the book a lot higher. I hope that she doesn't do this in her books after this one because I will not read anymore of her books.
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I had to archive then unarchive it twice+there are only parts of the story worth reading-definitely not worth the money but should have been a free one
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Sweet and Romantic The Baron Next Door is charming and romantic story.In the beginning of the story,it was mostly about Charity and her new friends but still fun and sweet. This is another delightful and emotional book by Erin Knightley with endearing characters.I can't wait to read the next in this series. Thank you Erin Knightley
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Erin Knightley kicks off a brand new series called Prelude to a Kiss with THE BARON NEXT DOOR. Much like Knightley’s other books, readers can expect the same quirky and upbeat dialogue found in her characters as Charity and Hugh irritate one another as much as they can.  Charity has had a difficult time this Season. However, she finds a welcome distraction in the Bath’s first annual music festival. As a skilled pianoforte player and music maniac, Charity cannot be more excited for this. Yet her next door neighbour, the Baron Cadgwith wishes for nothing more than to stop her racket as he tries to relax. But there is something he finds intriguing about Charity and this spurs a sweet romance that readers will enjoy. More on the sweet than sexy side, Knightley really displays her talent as a writer as she weaves what starts off as an unlikely romance into a solid story. That being said, the sexy times are downplayed a little bit, but that didn’t bother me very much because I think Knightley brings other things to the story in its place. With its emphasis on music, Charity showcases her passion and it creates for a much more likeable and relatable character. Hugh starts off as a gruff, mean bastard, but then Charity coaxes a softer side of him that I think readers will find endearing. THE BARON NEXT DOOR is a pitch-perfect blend of comedy and sweetness. *ARC provided by publisher
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE BARON NEXT DOOR by Erin Knightley is an exciting Regency Historical Romance. "A Prelude to a Kiss" novel #1. What a beginning! Meet, Charity Effington and High Danby, Baron Cadgwith! A fun, witty, and entertaining tale of romance, struggles, and finding love. You will not find fault with Ms. Knightley's "The Baron Next Door". Well written, with engaging, and fun characters. The romance is sweet, not over the top. The storyline is charming, and endearing. A tender love story with a few twists and turns. Oh, did I mention, music? Well, let me tell you, we have lots of music, involved, in fact, a trio of music-lovers! And one, not so music lover! Hugh, has an affliction to noise, you see, it gives him terrible headaches. Enter....Charity, who plays the piano, beautifully. Oh, trouble!....your middle name is Charity! Charity, is determined to overcome the scandal that brought her to Bath, for a music festival, in the first place. She refuses to marry for anything but love, pure and simple! Rather gentry or commoner, she cares not, but love she MUST have. A fun and charming tale that will have you smiling. Received for an honest review. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: Sweet REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More