The first time Vaughan Wexley, Earl of Brighton, eyes the blonde beauty from atop the balcony, he is taken. Once he confronts her, he finds himself in love. The mysterious woman seems out of place in the regular sea of husband nabbing debutantes. She posses a gentle spirit, wide-eyed innocence, and-- his favorite quality-- cascading golden waves around her elegant shoulders. In need of a wife of noble blood, Vaughan believes his search has ended.
Emma Hartwell's only mission at the ball is to deliver a message to the host from her employer. In and out. That's the plan until she sees beautiful sights she's only dreamed of and hears wonderful music that touches her soul. Dressed up as a noble woman by the young housemaid Elizabeth and knowing she'll never get this opportunity again, Emma lingers longer than she intended. Her amazement with the grandeur allows the devilishly handsome Lord Brighton to steal her attention and sweep her off her feet. He is a charming man who is obviously taken with her. Emma's heart doesn't stand a chance. If only she could tell him the truth.
An earl in need of an honorable wife.
A servant in love with a man she can't have.
An evil plan that was set in motion years ago coming to fruition.
Can love conquer betrayal? Or will Emma's fairytale end at midnight?
A Cinderella re-telling.
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Emma Hartwell is being held responsible for a debt that is not hers, by a madman who lives for a long-planned revenge. After a simple mission for him, she runs into Vaughan. They are drawn to each other immediately, but neither understands the pawns they play in a wicked game.
Who doesn't love a fairy tale? Emma is a great character. She's caught in a situation beyond her control, but she's trying to make the best out of it. She's not off sulking in a corner and having a pity party.
Vaughan is a man used to getting what he wants. Emma is the first time there's an obstacle in his way. At first, he's really taken aback, but ultimately he doesn't hesitate to follow his heart.
I was rooting for them from the moment they first spoke to one another. And now I can't wait to read The Beast of Ravenston. There are a few characters from this book that will be featured, and I'm eager to find out what happens.
This is a wonderful read anytime of year, but especially in the summer. It's charming and emotional, and you won't be able to put it down.
Rating: 5 stars
About the Author
Kelly Martin is the bestselling author of contemporary, historical, and YA romance. She has been married for over ten years and has three rowdy, angelic daughters. When Kelly isn't writing, she loves watching horror gamers on YouTube, even though she is a huge wimp, and drinking white chocolate mochas.
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