"Charming Sir Charles" by Anna Campbell is the fifth book in the wonderful Dashing Widows series. I love Anna’s novellas because they are sweet, charming, and packed with a lot of heart. Since all her characters are so likeable, I was really thrilled that this was the type of story where everyone in the book knows that Charles and Sally belong together except for Sally. This way, no other hearts are broken and it's obvious from the beginning that this couple is meant to be together so it’s an enjoyable read from beginning to end.
"Charming Sir Charles" has an added bonus for fans because this story starts out with the marriage of the couple from the previous book, Pursuing Lord Pascal. However, there are now so many characters that I would suggest that readers start from the beginning of the series to understand all their relationships. I truly hope that there are more stories planned for this great historical romance series.
Matchmaking mayhem in Mayfair!
Sally Cowan, Countess of Norwood, spent ten miserable years married to an overbearing oaf. Now she’s free, she plans to have some fun. But before she kicks her heels up, this Dashing Widow sets out to launch her pretty, headstrong niece Meg into society and find her a good husband.
When rich and charming Sir Charles Kinglake gives every sign that he can’t get enough of Meg’s company, Sally is delighted to play chaperone at all their meetings. Charles is everything that’s desirable in a gentleman suitor. How disastrous, when over the course of the season’s most elegant house party, Sally realizes that desire is precisely the name of the game. She’s found her niece’s perfect match—but she wants him for herself!
There are none so blind as those who will not see…
From the moment Sir Charles Kinglake meets sparkling Lady Norwood, he’s smitten. He courts her as a gentleman should—dancing with her at every glittering ball, taking her to the theatre, escorting her around London. Because she’s acting as chaperone to her niece, that means most times, Meg accompanies them. The lack of privacy chafes a man consumed by desire, but Charles’s intentions are honorable, and he’s willing to work within the rules to win the wife he wants.
However when he discovers that his careful pursuit has convinced Sally he’s interested in Meg rather than her, he flings the rules out the window. When love is at stake, who cares about a little scandal? It’s time for charming Sir Charles to abandon the subtle approach and play the passionate lover, not the society suitor!
Now with everything at sixes and sevens, Sir Charles risks everything to show lovely Lady Norwood they make the perfect pair!