- File Size: 1376 KB
- Print Length: 244 pages
- Publisher: InterMix (April 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 18, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ESI3Q9G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Ballroom Temptation (The Countess Scandals) Kindle Edition
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It was refreshingly sexy, especially for a historical, and I've never read a historical that snuck in some male bondage. And it worked for the characters. There were really reasons and motivations behind everything they did. Bell does an excellent job of making sure there's no extra fluff or overdone cheese. Not to mention her adorably funny cast of side characters. They're all real people in real situations who really help each other, and I can't wait for the next one.
The wit! This book is chalk full of wit, and I giggled and guffawed and any other verb that fits. Jane Bailey’s family has been exiled from London ever since her father lost the family’s fortune. Their lucks changes when her brother’s investments pay off tenfold. He bustles Jane and her Aunt Mathilda to London for a season, but it’s the last place Jane wants to be. Her ex-fiancée will be in town. But she doesn’t expect to run into a handsome stranger or be quite so caught up in his arms.
Oh, how delightful Jane was. She has such a soft heart and an underlying edge of humor to her—an ability to laugh at herself—too, which just made me fall in love with her character. Though her fighting spirit is locked under a shell, there’s an inner strength to her that reels the hero in. Which leads to Adam.
Adam Clairborne is tired of his father controlling his fate. After all, it’s how he finds himself back in London. His plan? Make enough money to return to the colonies of America. Within his first few steps back in London however, he’s coming upon Jane. His initial impression of her isn’t the best. He thinks her another high-brow and privileged high-society woman, though it couldn’t be further from the truth.
I love how Adam’s preconceived notions crumble one-by-one. He’s caught off guard by Jane who doesn’t have a malicious or privileged bone in her body. It makes a big impression on Adam who works hard and doesn’t take anything for granted. He can’t afford to. But he’s also more than willing to help Jane. Adam sees something beneath the surface and he wants to help Jane out of the shell that surrounds her. And boy, does he have some sexy ideas! Jane and Adam burn up the pages. It’s a slow burn, but steady too.
The ending was a bit abrupt and I would have liked an epilogue, but I was immensely satisfied with this read. The humor was laugh-out-loud, the wit unbearably clever and on point, and the side characters brilliantly multi-dimensional. I need Lord Quincy and Lord Brandon’s stories ASAP!
While A Ballroom Temptation was the first book I’ve read by Kimberly Bell, it’s definitely not going to be the last. 4 stars!
Basically Adam's been called home after a decade in the Americas in order to find a wife. And Jane's family has recovered from financial ruin and her brother wants to treat her to a proper Season. Less than pleased would be an understatement and after a couple encounters they decide to be each others safety nets and hopefully survive the Season without either of them winding up married.
I really liked these two. Jane's a curious heroine. Very nervous and goes through these odd fits when stressed where she's either manic/obsessive or goes catatonic. It took a while to figure her out but goodness she pulled at my heart strings. And Adam. Woo! Sexy! He likes hard work, has values and morals and just wants to get back to working his land in the Carolinas. He's no desire to be a peer or be part of Society.
I liked how he calmed her down and was really there for her when panic would set in and she'd have an episode. Definitely easy to fall for him.
The only problem I had was the very ending. It felt very rushed/unfinished and desperately needed either an epilogue or another chapter which dropped things to a 3.5 rating. But overall I really had a blast with Bell's latest. Romantic, steamy, laugh-out-loud funny and full of characters that simply stole my heart.
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