Title: Charmed by Her Smile
Author: Tracy Anne Warren
Series: The Byrons of Braebourne #1.5
In: Four Dukes and a Devil (Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash & Tracy Anne Warren)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romance, Regency romance
Dates read: 17th December 2019
Publisher: Avon Romance
5th sentence, 74th page: And that’s how I want you to stay.
All India wanted was to escape the notice of a very unwanted suitor. And then she found Quentin. After agreeing to their ruse, the two find themselves experiencing emotions that they really weren’t expecting.
This novella was an absolutely fantastic way to end out the Four Dukes and a Devil collection. It was sweet, funny and impossible to put down. I laughed, I smiled (a lot) and just generally loved the adventure that it took me on. The innocence to the story and the humour were a perfect mix. And, as this collection as shown me… I’m kind of falling in love with Regency Romances at the moment. So it worked kind of perfectly for my mood lately.
As with a lot of romances, this was kind of entirely predictable. You knew who was going to end up with whom. Alright, some of the bumps weren’t necessarily expected – but you knew that there were going to be bumps. But you know what? I actually enjoy having such a predictable story sometimes… just because you know that it’s going to end in happily ever after, it doesn’t mean you can’t join in the journey. Or enjoy it.
The two leads in this – India and Quentin are absolutely fantastic. Alright, as usual, the man is a little it slow on the uptake and too stubborn to realise his good luck. But, eventually he comes around and gives us the ending that we desire. And India? India is bright, fun and vibrant. She’s kind of naïve in her hope, but it’s the part of me that I sometimes wish I could reclaim, that unjaded outlook on life and ability to be excited by everything… if only.
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