Eileen Dreyer's It Begins with a Kiss is a perfect beginning. A short novella, it manages to pack intrigue, interesting characters, and a potent attraction between a charming heroine and fascinating hero into a few pages. Dreyer is a master of emotion, evoking it in the reader and describing it from the perspective of the hero and heroine as they experience a powerful reaction to each other. Her dialogue is witty and moves the short story along at a quick pace. If this novella was meant to whet my appetite for more romance between these two characters, it certainly succeeded. I finished the story wishing I could turn the page and find more.
Determined to help her sister, Fiona Ferguson takes the opportunity to escape from the residential finishing school she loathes. Her only regret is leaving behind good friends like Pip. Before she can get very far, Fiona matches wills and wits with Pip's brother, Alex Knight, who is determined to return her to the safety of the boarding school. However, he soon finds that his usual duties as a spy to the British crown are only slightly more dangerous than being pitted against the innocent charms and feisty nature of Fiona.
Fiona Ferguson wants nothing more than to flee Miss Lavinia Chase's Finishing School in this short story by Eileen Dreyer, author of the Drake's Rakes series. Rather than the safe haven the girls' families presume it to be, the school is intent on making its charges conform to the rules-by any means necessary. For Fiona, the only thing worse than staying at the dreaded "Last Chance Academy" would be abandoning the friends she's made there. But when she receives word from home that her sister is in trouble, Fiona plots her escape . . .
A devoted spy in service to the Crown, Alex Knight takes his duties very seriously. His latest assignment-to ensure that the incorrigible Fiona remain safely at school-turns out to be far more of a challenge than he expected. After matching wits with the fiery Scottish beauty, he learns that the greatest danger of all . . . begins with a kiss.