on March 28th 2017
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What 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…
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
It Started with a Kiss is the third book in The Worthingtons series by Ella Quinn. It can easily be read as a stand alone book. Though if you haven’t read the first books in the series, I am sure you will want to by the time you finish this one! Fortunately I had already read the others, so that made this one even more special because it was lovely catching up with characters from the first stories.
Lady Louisa Vivers is the Earl of Worthington’s sister. She is young, beautiful and comes with a handsome dowry. Many a man of the ‘Ton’ are hoping to catch her eye with the hopes of marriage. Louisa won’t accept just any man though, she is looking for her soul mate, and she won’t settle for less. An early morning ride brings her into contact with somebody who could be that very man.
Gideon is the new Duke of Rothwell. His father managed to practically run their estate into the ground and has left behind him numerous huge unpaid debts, not to mention a mistress who he has lavished with property, horses and gifts. Gideon has got to do his best to sort out the mess and stop the estate from going into bankruptcy. When he first sets eyes on Lousia it is love at first sight, and he also can’t get over the beautiful colour of her eyes, a lapis blue. When he visits the Earl of Worthington he is stunned to discover that the woman he glanced at whilst riding, is in fact the Earl’s sister.
There is such a pull of attraction between them that he can’t help but spend some time with her, and the more time they spend together, the more they both find themselves falling harder for each other. Unfortunately Gideon knows he shouldn’t be courting Louisa because he can’t offer for her until he sorts out his father’s mess. He also wouldn’t want to offer for her when everybody might think it would be just for her dowry. He doesn’t want her money, he won’t touch it, but he very much wants to touch her, no matter how wrong it is.
Can their relationship flourish when there are so many reasons why it shouldn’t and when Louisa knows that Gideon is keeping secrets from her? Can they keep away from each other? And what about the mess that Gideon is having to sort out, especially his late father’s very unhappy mistress? Can he manage it in time to offer for Louisa or will somebody else ask for her hand first. Somebody like his cousin who wanted Gideon’s help to woo her, something he didn’t realise until after he himself had met her, spent time with her, and fallen in love with her.
I loved this book, I love this series, I love the Worthingon family. This book, just like the others had a beautiful romance develop, but also some danger that could lead to one of the characters’ death. Drama, passion, romance, family rifts, family love, and perhaps a marriage, but whose?? This book has it all, and I loved every minute of it. I remember when I reviewed the first book I mentioned that I thought that the two large families joining together with so many children was made too easy, with them all getting on better than could ever have happened. The more I read about those children the more I realise that it wasn’t an unrealistic idea from the author, and that the family truly are a wonderful collection of young people who for the most part get on like a dream, and I love reading about them. If you haven’t read the first books, you should, then you will understand what I mean about the two families merging! For now though, I hope my review will at least make you decide to read this book because it really is a 5 star read!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.
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