Published by The Wild Rose Press, Inc. on January 22nd 2018
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Miss Alexandra Farris lost her heart to her older brother's friend, Lord Maxon Collins, long, long ago. Despite her girlhood attempts to win him, he never noticed her. Now that her first season is underway, she understands why. He prefers willowy blondes, not curvaceous maidens with darker coloring like herself. Rather than wallow in self-pity, she forgets love and focuses on something more attainable—an advantageous match.
Lord Collins is plagued by an uncomfortable feeling whenever he goes near Miss Farris. One of annoyance. And yet, he can’t seem to stop thinking of her, touching her, kissing her...He must act in her brother’s stead, which means he has to approve her suitor and ensure her safety. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to find a worthy gentleman.
Wedding her off should be a simple task, but not if he can’t let her go.
“I have too given you compliments.”
“Really?” She exhaled. “Name one.”
He contemplated the matter for a moment and then said, “I told you your hair was prettier in disarray.”
She had forgotten that. “So you said one thing. Congratulations.”
“Thank you.” He swept an exaggerated bow and smirked up at her.
“That is not something to be proud of. Why, it’s not even that monumental a compliment.”
He straightened, and a light flared in his eyes. There had always been an easy mood between them, but he had never looked at her in such a way before. It was almost, well, sinful.
“Allow me to remedy my error, then.” He caught her hand in his, and gazed deep into her eyes. “Your eyes remind me of a summer storm.” Her gaze faltered from his, but he continued. “Your skin is as smooth as fine porcelain, and your hair is made of the most enticing curls I have ever seen. I can imagine your freed hair would make a man lose his senses. And lastly, you have deliciously kissable lips.”
She swallowed. His ridiculous, probably oft-used lines had the most amazing effect on her. Her knees had grown weak, and her mind was slow to focus. “I-I d-don’t think…” Her voice trailed off as he chuckled.
“With that said, you also possess a tremendous ability to irritate me beyond comprehension.”
~~Reviewed by Lisa~~
A sweet romance between childhood friends.
Lord Maxon Collins and Miss Alexandra “Alexa” Farris have known each other since childhood. Maxon had always seen Alexa as the little sister of his best friend. While Maxon fights his new feelings, Alexa is trying very hard to move on and really settle for the man that has asked for her hand.
The book has no real tension or drama going on except that Alexa finds she is not willing or able to settle for anything less than what her heart wants. The conversations are nice and the set downs Alexa gives Maxon had me smiling, but there was not real antagonist or threat of the HEA not happening. There was no real drama, tension of real angst for the characters to overcome. I like the trope- childhood friends to lovers, but this one fell short in there was no real chance for either side to grow or overcome anything to move them forward. Maxon just needed to get out of his own way. The other major characters, Miss Cannis and Lord Edwin are necessary to the plot, but I found myself NOT liking them and even questioning Miss Cannis’s loyalties in the end.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.