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Being responsible for his sister’s entrance into society is really more than Jerome Linnet, a country vicar, was prepared for. So turning to his close friend, Sir Daniel Braeburn, the two scholars come up with a logical solution: Sir Daniel can marry her and the two men can continue life without all that unnecessary fanfare. Willa, the intelligent, young lady in question, questions this conclusion and decides to conduct an experiment to see if she and Daniel have any of this romantic chemistry that she has heard so much about. Upon seeing Sir Daniel in the garden, she removes her spectacles to increase her somewhat limited allure and asks him for a kiss. And what a kiss it is! That is until she realizes that she is kissing Alex, Sir Daniel’s brother, a confirmed bachelor and rake who is not looking for marriage.
This is where the irrepressible Lady Alameda (“Aunt Honore”) comes in. Through her machinations Willa gets her opportunity to enter society and is outwardly transformed into the surprise of the season. But only Alex is aware of Willa’s intelligence, warm personality, and ability with animals. Will he allow his attraction to her to overcome his reluctance to pursue her knowing she has marriage in mind?
This is the second in the series of Aunt Honore books which all feature the witty, outrageous Lady Alameda and her schemes to see her nieces and nephews marry well. I have read all three books in the series and recommend them to fans of Georgette Heyer, Oscar Wilde, Erica Ridley, and those who enjoy a witty romantic comedy.
The Story: At the beginning of the book, Wilhemina “Willa” Linnet, 18, the heroine of the book, is given a most unromantic proposal by Daniel Braeburn, best friend to Willa’s brother, Jerome, a vicar. To discover if they will suit, Willa wants Daniel to kiss her, but instead first kisses his brother, Alexander, the hero of the book, by mistake. The kiss affects both of them, to the point that Willa breaks her engagement with Daniel when she discovers that his kisses don’t do anything for her.
Later, the Linnet’ siblings aunt, Honore-the “Notorious Aunt”-shows up and decides to take Willa with her to London. While in London, Willa is pursued by two acquaintances of Alex’s, who both want to marry her because they believe-erroneously-that she has a large dowry. This leads to a series of events that eventually result in Alex and Willa getting engaged, married and having their Happily Ever After.
Upside: The book is slightly more amusing than “Lady Fiasco” was, but that’s damning with faint praise.
Downside: Like “Lady Fiasco”, Ms. Baldwin has written zero character development here. She never explains the relationship between Willa, Jerome and their Aunt Honore. Some scenes are mildly amusing, but nowhere near LOL level.
Sex: Other than a few kisses, none.
Violence: Alex and one of his friends, Harry Erwin, have a duel for Willa’s hand. Alex cuts himself in the duel.
Bottom Line: “Mistaken Kiss” is an improvement over Ms. Baldwin’s first book, “Lady Fiasco”, but when you’re on the bottom, there really isn’t anyplace to go but up.
Then her brother's friend brother, Alex, comes for a visit and opens her eyes to the possibility of 'more'. His visit coincidentally coincides with her eccentric Aunt Honore's visit as well. And her aunt has offered to take Willa into town and help her find a husband.
Alex is attracted to Willa but not sure he's the settling sort. Willa is attracted to Alex but think she's way to provincial for him. Reading these two circle around each other and the cast of characters that help move the story along, was great fun!
The plausibility is getting stretched a bit thin. It appears that Honore's siblings are all dead and just left a bunch of nieces for her to "adopt" as her protegees, all just happening to be of deb age. She's got a ridiculous amount of money to throw around, can change her will on a whim, doesn't act at all responsibly, and it's just starting to get to be a much.
Initially, I had the impression Alex was the elder brother. And I'm confused as to how he's supposedly Corinthian but his brother (already forgotten his name) is English?
This one feels more rushed. But, it's a decent fast read. I'm not in a great hurry to read the third.