Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Edelweiss
Becoming engaged? Simple. Resisting temptation? Impossible. Sebastian Fennick, the newest Duke of Wrexford, prefers the straightforwardness of mathematics to romantic nonsense. When he meets Lady Katherine Adderly at the first ball of the season, he finds her as alluring as she is disagreeable. His title may now require him to marry, but Sebastian can’t think of anyone less fit to be his wife, even if he can’t get her out of his mind.
After five seasons of snubbing suitors and making small talk, Lady Kitty has seen all the ton has to offer…and she’s not impressed. But when Kitty’s overbearing father demands she must marry before her beloved younger sister can, she proposes a plan to the handsome duke. Kitty’s schemes always seem to backfire, but she knows this one can’t go wrong. After all, she’s not the least bit tempted by Sebastian, is she?
This is a fun story with the hero and heroine using deception to help others all in the name of love. This is the first book I have read from this author and I thoroughly enjoyed her voice; I will be looking for more from her in the future.
Kitty Adderly is the Marquess of Clayborne’s daughter and is about to start her sixth season. She has turned down several proposals over the years as she has no wish to marry. She has spent her entire life trying to dodge her father’s ill judgment and disapproval and refuses to live her married life with the same issues. When her beloved sister Hatty finds a suitor who wants to marry, Kitty’s life is about to change, it seems her father demands that she marry before he will give his approval to Hatty and her beau.
Sebastian (Seb) Fennick recently inherited a title and all the responsibilities that go with it when a distant cousin dies. With his mathematical mind his plan was to spend his life as a scholar, and he is not at all happy about this turn of events. Yet he is now in a position to help his good friend Ollie who wants to marry a young woman in London, yet things get complicated when Ollie’s intended Hatty needs her sister to get engaged first to win the approval of her father. Kitty and Seb find themselves deceiving both families while fighting the attraction that consumes them both.
This is a well done historical with engaging characters and a plot that kept me interesting until the end.
I like Kitty but when we first meet her she is holding court with her “friends” who are her age and have the same social standing, she acts like she hates the belittling and gossiping they do, yet she seems to add to the conversation which I did not like. But when she gets called out by Seb at their first meeting, she is contrite and vows to make it right which went a long way to redeeming herself. I also like how she stands up to her father even when she is trying to get his approval, she does not let him bully her.
Seb is a delight, he may not have wanted the title and inheritance but he is making the best of it as he is able to help both his friend Ollie and his sister experience the social functions they would not have been able to before, he is a good friend to Ollie and a wonderful brother to Pippa. I also like how he confronts Kitty when he thinks she is being mean at the ball, but after they talk he realizes she is not as she seems and he likes her immediately. When they make a plan to help Ollie and Hatty, they go in with eyes open about how it will work out but the attraction is intense and things change fast.
The writing is well done and I never felt a lag in the story as the plot developed nicely. Secondary characters play large roles in this story and I enjoyed how the author kept us guessing when there was a bit of a twist at the end. I liked both Hatty and Ollie and I especially like Pippa and her scholarly mind and will be looking to see if she gets a story one day. This is the second in the series and can easily be read as a standalone; I did not read the first book and had no trouble with the story. I will be adding this author to my list as I enjoyed this book and look forward to more.
I give One Tempting Proposal by Christy Carlyle 4 stars!