“It Started with a Kiss” is the third book in Ella Quinn’s Worthington Series. The first two books in the series are fantastic, and I could not wait to read the next story. Quinn did not disappoint. The plot is quick paced with a few well-placed twists that will keep readers engaged and turning pages. The conflict towards the end is a bit frustrating because all it would take is some communication between the hero and heroine, and the conflict would not even exist. However, the quick resolution to the satisfying ending made up for the last conflict.
The antagonist is unique and devious, and readers will enjoy the chaos the character causes. The hero, Gideon, is likable and well written, and a perfect match for Louisa. His sense of humor and loyalty to his family will have readers falling for him, and his troubles will have readers rooting for him to win Louisa’s heart. Louisa, the heroine, is feisty, confident and sure of what she wants. Her compassion and competence will win reader’s hearts.
The romance between Louisa and Gideon is filled with love and tension, and their dialogue is witty and heartfelt. Some of the secondary characters are from previous stories, such as Matt and Grace, and I appreciate how Quinn connects her stories together. Additional secondary characters, such as Gideon’s mother and Miss Blackacre are humorous and help keep the story lighthearted, and add substance to the plot.
“It Started with a Kiss” is another great installment in Quinn’s Worthington Series, and this series is becoming one of my favorite historical romance reads.
The Story: Louisa Vivers is halfway through her first Season, and has yet to find a man who is confident and mature enough to capture her heart. When her brother’s friend Gideon, Duke of Rothwell, visits, Louisa is surprised by her instant reaction to him. Their reaction deepens as the days continue, and after a hasty betrothal Louisa is sure of her love for the duke. However, soon after her marriage Louisa receives a mystery missive, and knows Gideon is keeping a secret from her. Will Gideon’s pride and secrets destroy their marriage, or will he finally trust Louisa as much as she trusts him?
What is a young Worthington woman to do when the man of her dreams is not who she thinks he is?
This season, all eyes are on the Earl of Worthington’s spirited, beautiful sister, Lady Louisa Vivers. Many gentlemen are vying for her attention in and around the ton. Yet, Louisa longs for someone who can take her beyond the ballroom—a man who is worldly, adventurous, and passionate. She won’t settle for just any suitor. She wants her true soul mate—and she’ll know him when she sees him.
Is Gideon, the Duke of Rothwell, him? The moment he and Louisa meet, they share a powerful attraction. Rides at sunrise and waltzes at dusk follow. Finally, Gideon can no longer resist the urge to embrace her, and Louisa is sure he will ask for her hand. But Gideon believes he is in no position to marry. The Rothwell estate has gone bankrupt, a scandal simmers in its wake, and he has nothing left to offer. Now, he must decide if he will let pride stand in the way of true love—or if he will risk everything, and let the lady decide for herself…