Just a Kiss

Just a Kiss

by Ally Broadfield


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Just a Kiss 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781682814048
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 04/28/2014
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.31(d)

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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*