Charis Michaels will make you believe in fairy tales.-- #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn
USA Today bestselling author Charis Michaels concludes her Awakened by a Kiss series with another enchanting romance, this time telling the real story of Cinderella's stepsister and the man who can't help falling in love with her.
A Former Ugly Duckling...
Miss Drewsmina "Drew" Trelayne is a former awkward child and one-time wicked stepsister. Raised by a bitter, overbearing mother, Drew is all grown up and has made peace with her orange hair and bean-pole height. Her transformation has inspired her dream of opening a finishing school that emphasizes inner beauty, capability, and confidence. But launching a school costs money so Drew must begin with private clients who pay well and don't ask many questions.
A Reclusive Duke...
Ian Clayblack, the Duke of Lachlan, lives alone on his Dorset estate, forced by scandal into a smuggler's life. When his estranged sister arrives with her two daughters, he feels obligated to give the girls a proper Season. Venturing back to society could clear his name and provide his vagabond nieces with a better life. Who better to help than the striking Miss Trelayne?
A Midnight Kiss...
Affording Drew's services isn't a problem for Lachlan, but his growing desire for her is. As his nieces warm to her gentle charm, he is overwhelmed by her unique beauty and open manner. When they're caught in a scandalous embrace, nothing short of marriage will save all of them from further scandal.
Can a marriage made in haste be love's saving grace?
I will read pretty much anything when the hero is named Ian. Add in that this was a lot of fun to read, and I am right there with the story of Drew and Ian. I loved their connection, their relationship and they way they related to one another.
I loved the premise of this one, the idea of a woman being hired to assist young women who are embarking on their seasons and need the guidance of someone who knows how to tell them how to behave in order to have a successful season. I am sure there are other books out there with this premise, but this is the only one I can think of, and I really loved it and the idea of this story.
The writing was also strong, and I was able to relate to the characters and the situations they found themselves in.
I enjoyed and recommend this title.