I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Charming Sir Charles by Anna Campbell
Series: Dashing Widows #5
Published by Self Published on February 27, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Author
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Matchmaking mayhem in Mayfair!
Sally Cowan, Countess of Norwood, spent ten miserable years married to an overbearing oaf. Now she’s free, she plans to have some fun. But before she kicks her heels up, this Dashing Widow sets out to launch her pretty, headstrong niece Meg into society and find her a good husband.
When rich and charming Sir Charles Kinglake gives every sign that he can’t get enough of Meg’s company, Sally is delighted to play chaperone at all their meetings. Charles is everything that’s desirable in a gentleman suitor. How disastrous, when over the course of the season’s most elegant house party, Sally realizes that desire is precisely the name of the game. She’s found her niece’s perfect match—but she wants him for herself!
There are none so blind as those who will not see…
From the moment Sir Charles Kinglake meets sparkling Lady Norwood, he’s smitten. He courts her as a gentleman should—dancing with her at every glittering ball, taking her to the theatre, escorting her around London. Because she’s acting as chaperone to her niece, that means most times, Meg accompanies them. The lack of privacy chafes a man consumed by desire, but Charles’s intentions are honorable, and he’s willing to work within the rules to win the wife he wants.
However when he discovers that his careful pursuit has convinced Sally he’s interested in Meg rather than her, he flings the rules out the window. When love is at stake, who cares about a little scandal? It’s time for charming Sir Charles to abandon the subtle approach and play the passionate lover, not the society suitor!
Now with everything at sixes and sevens, Sir Charles risks everything to show lovely Lady Norwood they make the perfect pair!
Widow Sally Cowan, Lady Norwood, is introducing her niece, Meg, to London society and has focused on one suitor, Sir Charles Kinglake. While he’s a bit older (about 29-years old to her 18), he’s charming, kind, considerate and attentive. But, he’s not yet issued a proposal and the season is close to ending. Charles is even more frustrated as he’s trying to court Lady Norwood!
Sally is one of the more spirited of the Dashing Widows so it was startling to see her so off balance once she owned up to her feelings for Charles. She was so damaged emotionally by her first marriage to a boorish and cruel oaf, Sally couldn’t see the proverbial forest. Even Meg had to intervene for her to acknowledge that Charles had no interest in anyone other than Sally.
This was a passionate and, at times, funny story about two really wonderful people that couldn’t follow the straight line to each other. Sally loved her independence after ten years in a loveless marriage and the idea of a love match was incomprehensible to her. Charles frustration was well earned. I enjoyed this story, as I always do with Campbell’s stories, though Sally’s stubbornness was wearying. However, there’s a very powerful scene between her and the last Dashing Widow that was very moving and made all that musing worth the wait.