One reckless man . . . One passionate woman.
Enter the world of Mary Balogh—the glittering ballrooms and vast country estates of Regency-era England, where romance, with all its mystery, magic, and surprises, comes vibrantly alive.
It was a perfect morning in May . . .
Neville Wyatt, Earl of Kilbourne, awaited his bride at the altar—when a ragged beggar woman raced down the aisle instead. The cream of the ton saw him stare, shocked, then declare that this was his wife! One night of passion was all he remembered as he beheld Lily, the woman he'd wed, loved, and lost on the battlefield in Portugal. Now he said he'd honor his commitment to her—regardless of the gulf that lay between them.
Then Lily spoke her mind . . .
She said she wanted only to start a new life—wanted only a husband who truly loved her. She had to leave him to learn how to meet his world on her terms. So Lily agreed to earn her keep as his aunt's companion and study the genteel arts. Soon she was the toast of the ton, every inch a countess fit for the earl, who vowed to prove to his remarkable wife that what he felt for her was far more than desire, that what he wanted from her was much more than . . . One Night for Love.
Mary Balogh weaves a tantalizing web of wit and seduction in her new novel—an irresistible tale of two unlikely lovers and one unforgettable summer.
Kit Butler is cool, dangerous, one of London's mostinfamous bachelors—marriage is the last thing on his mind. But Kit's family has other plans. Desperate to thwart his father's matchmaking, Kit needs a bride...fast. Enter Miss Lauren Edgeworth.
A year after being abandoned at the altar, Lauren has determined that marriage is not for her. When these two fiercely independent souls meet, sparks fly—and a deal is hatched. Lauren will masquerade as Kit's intended if he agrees to provide a passionate, adventurous, unforgettable summer. When summer ends, she will break off the engagement, rendering herself unmarriageable and leaving them both free. Everything is going perfectly—until Kit does the unthinkable: He begins to fall in love. A summer to remember is not enough for him. But how can he convince Lauren to be his...for better, for worse, for the rest of their lives?
I enjoyed reading these books so much! These were the two books that I had to read so I could read the Bedwyn series, and then reread the Simply Quartet. That I devoured both of these shouldn't have been a surprise to me, but it was, because these books were so freaking amazing!
One Night to Remember was really great, it was kinda separated into parts, the beginning in the present, going back to the past when they got married, then back to the present and dealing with the aftermath, and then a skip in time where she learns to be a lady. It was so great to read!
These characters were so captivating, they were family, and knowing that Lauren had gotten her own book and happy ending, that everything would work out, there were still a few bumps along the way. Like that the church didn't recognize their marriage because of the whole situation. And that someone was trying to kill her. I wish we'd gotten to see them deal with the bad guy, but oh, well!
Reading about Kit and Lauren was really hilarious, because they were almost totally unsuitable, him the one who broke all the rules while trying to be helpful to the less fortunate, and her the one that followed all the rules. They were just a really great couple! And that the Bedwyns were introduced in A Summer to Remember, well, now I have to read that series, now!
Loved reading these books, they were just so fantastic! I can't wait to read more of these books!
Author: Mary Balogh
Series: Bedwyn Saga Prequels #1, 2
Read: May 13th, 14th, 2018
Reason Why: Love her writing, and they're Historical Fiction 2018 Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Books!
Published: August 1999, July 30th 2002
One Night for Love:
A Summer to Remember: