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Peek Inside Just a Kiss

Charlotte has no title or dowry, and not much hope of making a good match. When Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, makes her an offer, she can’t refuse: he will pretend to court her to help her attract more suitors in exchange for her advice about which ladies he should pursue. As they work together, their mutual attraction grows. When they realize they just might be perfect for one another, they must decide whether to bow to the dictates of society or follow their hearts.

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His proposal could only lead to temptation...

Charlotte Lightwood has one season to find a husband or she’ll be forced to marry her guardian’s loathsome cousin. With no title or dowry, she doesn’t have much hope of making a good match. Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, has been the most eligible bachelor on the marriage mart for more years than he cares to count and is very aware of his duty to marry a woman who will add to the wealth and stature of his title. Sebastian makes Charlotte an offer she can’t refuse: he will pretend to court her to help her attract more suitors in exchange for her advice about which ladies he should pursue. As they work together, their mutual attraction grows. When they realize they just might be perfect for one another, they must decide whether to bow to the dictates of society or follow their hearts.



The settings and descriptions were quite lovely, I felt as if I were transported to another time and place. I highly recommend this story if you are a fan of the traditional Regency romance yet enjoy a little added heat. Night Owl Reviews, 4.5 Stars & Top Pick

Just a Kiss by Ally Broadfield was an entertaining, beautiful read with so many shocking, laughable and romantic moments! Sebastian's character is completely dreamy and Charlotte's character is absolutely beautifully written that you cannot help but be caught up in their story! A cast of characters - some absolutely charming, some wicked and some just downright dreadful makes Just A Kiss one sure fire entertaining read that will captivate you and doesn't disappoint. A terrific start to the It's In His Kiss series. 5 Charming Stars! -Talking Books
Broadfield gives her readers a complete, and amazingly sweet, story in just about 100 pages. Just a Kiss is the perfect choice for readers who are looking for a quick read on a beautiful spring day. It may go fast but you'll devour every page and finish with a little happy sigh. -Romantic Reads and Such

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622663828
Series: It's in His Kiss, Book 0.5
Release Date: Apr 28, 2014
Page Count: 137
Imprint: amara next
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: fake relationship, friends to lovers

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By Claire April 23, 2014

3.5 - Not Your Average Historical Fiction Stars!

I am not a huge reader of historical fiction, I pretty much left the genre behind when I graduated from the Mills & Boon training school of Romance... I do however like a good story, so never say never!

That is why you find me in the polite society of ...more

By Leelo September 13, 2016

I love it when an awesome piece of writing falls into my lap.

I adored this story. It was simply...

It was full of wit and humor, with those tiny bits of dry sarcasm that only the English gentry can truly convey with accuracy. It was a truly delicious read. I love when writing is flawless and gram ...more

By Elizabeth November 06, 2014

This is a fun little ditty. Charlotte is being pressured into marrying an odious wart hog who is only wanting an annuity annually in return to fix up his small estate. She has been promised by her half brother that she will get at least one season but it is his wife Elizabeth who is trying to force ...more

By Ki July 25, 2014

(Original post at Doing Some Reading)

Oh, I'm just so excited! After I read this book, my very first book from Ms. Ally Broadfield, I directly went to her website and searched up her booklist. Sadly she only had this book which I believe now is her debut book -Hooray!!!- But I checked up her upcomin ...more

Thank you to Entangled Publishing and author Ally Broadfield for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!

Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!

Just a Kiss by Ally Broadfield is a spectacular historical romance novella that is perfectly written and feature ...more

By Anna June 04, 2016

“Just A Kiss”
By Ally Broadfield

Charlotte Lightfoot is in a real predicament. She has no dowry and no title. She is forced to live with her married brother and his family – and his wife doesn’t want her there, but cannot go against her husband and refuse his sister a home. Her eldest niece Amelia is ...more

By Patty January 08, 2015

Just A Kiss (It Ally Broadfield

Do you want to read a fast paced love story that has hilarious characters? How about a book with a heroine that punches out a suitor not one time but twice? Then this novella is for you.

Charlotte Lightfoot lives in society's background. She has two joys of her life, her clan of n ...more

By Lindsey June 17, 2014

more like 4.5 ......

This was an enjoyable and sweet historical. Being that it's a novella, it's just over a hundred pages only. I will admit the first 20% of the book was good, but slow. I found my dislike for the sister-in-law and horrid Horace straight off the bat. I loved Charlotte, even though s ...more

By Tash September 17, 2014

Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics

Just a Kiss is the debut of this author and I enjoyed this light and sweet read. This is historical romance is thrown with a few twists that made this book stand out to me. Our heroine Charlotte is a sassy woman who won’t let the decision that has been forced ...more

By Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) April 28, 2014

4 stars!

Fun read with cute characters. Really enjoyed this.
Just a Kiss is a very cute story. The premise is one of my favorites – clever young woman with no dowry has to find a match before being stuck for the rest of her life with an odious acquaintance. In this case, Charlotte is being pressured t ...more

By Marcie May 03, 2014

Just A Kiss by Ally Broadfield is the first novella in the new series, It's In His Kiss. The story centers aroud Charlotte Lightwood. She has one season to find a husband, or she'll be forced to marry the cousin of her guardian. And he's a really loathsome choice. Think Mr. Collins from Pride and Pr ...more

By Christine August 13, 2014

This was a quick read that I really enjoyed. From the first page I was curious about the characters. Charlotte the heroine was instantly a favorite. She was a strong young woman of her era, not just a wallflower or a quiet mouse, she tended to do and speak her mind. But she did it all with style and ...more

By Pam August 03, 2016

Charlotte has to find a husband in one season or she will be forced to marry a horrible man. She doesn't have a lot of money and must rely on her half brother and his wife for all she has. is wife just wants her out at any cost. Sebastian is an earl and he has his eye on another lady. He knows he ha ...more

By Crystal April 27, 2014

I received an ARC for this book in place of an honest review.

After Charlotte Lightwood's parents died she was put in her brother's household and she never felt welcome. She's been promised one season and she has to find someone that will marry her. It's going to be hard because she doesn't have a do ...more

By Patricia May 28, 2014

Anyone can see how this story ends

Had there been just a bit more danger, illicit lust, overwhelming anger...or maybe if the horrible Horace had been more horrid...then this book would get more stars. As it was, the tension that usually builds in a romance of this type NEVER appeared. The hero tends ...more

By Jessica July 15, 2014

See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

My Thoughts:

Muahaha! I love the "Let's pretend to be courting so that people will think things" that ends up leading to some mixed emotions. I remember when I started the story, I was like, "Must see where this goes." And I liked where ...more

By christine danielle April 28, 2014

Just A Kiss

Cover: 3
Plot: 3.5
Characters: 4

Overall Rating: 3.5 MAGNIFLIENT STARS!


Full Review posted on my Blog:

Just a Kiss by author Ally Broadfield was such a delight to read! I haven't been a fan of historical romances due to my feminist views, but ...more

By Amanda April 28, 2014

Charlotte Lightfoot is living in her brothers household and her sister in law is doing all she can to get her married and out of the house. Charlotte is doing all she can to avoid marrying her sister in laws cousin Horace. In fact she punches him out twice! Her brother has promised her one season an ...more

By Charisma April 20, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised with Just A Kiss. It was a nice, quick read and gave you all you needed, even if it was a short novella.

It's about Charlotte who is looking for a husband, but with no dowry and her connections, she really isn't that desirable. And Sebastian, who is considered the catch of ...more

By Elizabeth April 24, 2014

Charlotte has only one season to find a husband or she will be forced to marry her sister-in-law's cousin, while Sebastian needs to marry to please his ailing grandmother. They decide to work together, each helping the other find a spouse. Of course that plan backfires and they end up betrothed to e ...more

By Mary May 03, 2014

I didn’t know what to expect when starting Ms. Broadfield’s Just a Kiss, but I was pleasantly surprised as I got underway. I quickly lost track of time as the world of Catherine and Sebastian entranced me.

Catherine, a Cinderella character, lives under the control of her “evil” sister-in-law who will ...more

By Rosemary May 05, 2014

Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, promises his grandmother that he'll find a wife and give her great-grand children. Charlotte Lightwood has one season to find a husband. She has to escape her sister-in-law's plotting. She won't be forced to marry Elizabeth's odious cousin even if she ends up ...more

By Raquell February 04, 2015

Charlotte Lightwood has one season to find a husband or she'll be forced to marry her sister-n-law's horrid cousin...and boy is he horrid! After Charlotte's parents died she was forced to move in with her brother and his wife...a wife who despises her. When she comes of age, she is given one season ...more

By Sylvia May 06, 2014

This is the first I have read from Ally Broadfield. I just love it. I can't wait to read more books from her. Sebastian came with his Grandmother for the Season to find a bride. His Grandmother's wishes for Sebastian to be married very soon. From the moment, Sebastian saw Charlotte, he was captivate ...more

By Mariel May 06, 2014

***ARC from NetGalley in Exchange for an honest review***

While the premise of this novella was neither new nor original, the delivery was certainly entertaining and worth the hour or so it took to digest the book. The main characters, Charlotte and Sebastian, though written in the traditional and ex ...more

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Ally Broadfield

About the author

Ally Broadfield

Ally lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, five dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and several reptiles. Oh, and her husband. She likes to curse in Russian and spends most of her time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She writes historical romance set in Regency England and Imperial Russia. She loves to hear from readers and you can find her on her website, Facebook, and Twitter, though she makes no claims of using any of them properly.

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