Ally Broadfield brings all the fabulous elements of a traditional Regency and adds just the right amount of spice with this historical novella. I loved Charlotte Lightwood, she was such a sweet and strong character. Even facing some very trying circumstances she remained strong and agreeable. I never doubted that she was clever enough not to end up with that pervy relation of her sister in law. I enjoyed how alive the characters in this story were, the older niece was charming and feisty and I’d love to see her get her own adventure. The younger children were endearing and her guardian’s were just the right level of malicious and clueless to not be caricatures. Sebastian Wilkinson, Earl of Marley had just enough tarnish that he didn’t come across as too good to be true. I loved watching him deal with his evolving emotions for Charlotte. I found Ashland and the princess to be two fabulous characters and I’d live to see them make an appearance together or separately. The settings and descriptions were quite lovely, I felt as if I were transported to another time and place. I highly recommend this story if you are a fan of the traditional Regency romance yet enjoy a little added heat.
Charlotte Lightwood has just one season to find a suitable husband or else she will have to give in to her guardian's demands that she marry a lecher. She has no dowry and no high connections but she does catch the attention of Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley. Marley has promised his grandmother he will choose a bride this season, worthy of his station so he makes a pact with Charlotte that they will find perfect matches for each other. However it seems they might have found that in one another but can they give in to their hearts and risk society's scandal?
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.