Some fairy tales begin with the kiss.
Drake Mowbrah, the Duke of Annick, needed a wife. After choosing an acceptable bride, he traps himself in a marriage of convenience and must tap his creativity to woo his frigid wife and fuel her passion. Drake battles scandals, duels, and his own carefully crafted reputation to win her heart.
Charlotte Trethow dreamt of a fairy tale marriage to the perfect man. When she marries the Duke of Annick, all her dreams should have come true, but no one told her happily ever after doesn’t start with wedding bells. Charlotte is thrust into a world with a plotting housekeeper, an interfering despot, and an unconventional husband.
This is the love story of Charlotte and Drake as they turn a marriage of convenience into a fairy tale romance.
Goodreads Review Excerpt:
What I love about Golden’s books is that while they end in happily ever after, the stories are realistic depictions of the tribulations which we all face before finding happily ever after. It adds a delicate touch of realism the reader appreciates as a break from the traditional romantic novel formula.
The final obstacle for the couple is romance itself. One expects the romance to take place before the wedding. Yet, both Drake and Charlotte find that romance is more than stolen passionate kisses. Together, after the wedding, they learn the art of true romance and find their way into each other’s hearts.
The author has an uncanny ability to take characters previously embittered to the reader, and not only lead the characters to forgive each other, but as a reader, I found myself forgiving Charlotte and Drake’s flaws and misgivings.
Ultimately, the novel itself is flawless in it’s presentation and provides the reader with dynamic characters, drama, and steamy well written romantic interludes. My only complaint is waiting for the next novel in the series! – Jennifer Perkins (received a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review)