Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review: It Started with a Kiss by Ella Quinn

Title: It Started with a Kiss
Author: Ella Quinn
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: The Worthingtons Series (Book Three)
Publisher: Zebra Shout
Format: ebook via NetGalley
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisWhat 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…

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Sometimes love comes at the most inconvenient of times.

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Louisa is looking for love in all the right places. Yet, her search so far has not yielded any results. Just when she's least expecting it, she spots an intriguing man while on a morning horseback ride. She doesn't know who he is but the brief glimpse of him has her determined to find out.

Gideon isn't looking for love, at all. In fact, when he lays eyes on a peculiar woman who makes his heart soar, he knows that now couldn't be the worst time to meet his match. His late father left his estate in shambles and Gideon simply cannot afford to marry until he sets his holdings to rights.

But the sparks still fly between the couple as they meet later and attend the same ball. Louisa cannot deny the patter in her heart when Gideon is near and he can't ignore his longing to be around Louisa. Their romance is as natural as breathing but there are lots of obstacles standing in their way, from a lovesick suitor to an angry ex-mistress and debt collecting thugs.

This book is the second of the series that I've read and I really looked forward to reading Louisa's story. She was a spitfire before and her sass lives on. I knew her love story would be a fun ride and it really was. Her headstrong personality brought humor to the mix.

Gideon was a nice surprise, too. He was determined not to fall for Louisa, but once he does, he refuses to let her go. I can admire that in a man. I did want to smack some sense into him when he tried to handle everything on his own and not confide in his betrothed. There was more sexy time in this book than you might find in some historical romances. It has some steamy moments and several sweet ones, too.

The only reason I am not giving this five suns is because there is a bit of a lull around 70% when we're waiting for the nuptials and everything sort of stalls for a while. It just didn't keep my attention as well through this part but if you continue on, the ending is worth it.

In closing...
I'm ready for Charlotte's turn to find a match! If the clues given are hinting toward a pairing with who I think it is, I'm totally on board for it! Four suns!