One Week to Wed
by Laurie Benson4 out of 5
One stolen night…
…leads to unexpected wedding vows!
Widowed Lady Charlotte Gregory believes she’ll never marry again after losing her husband. Until meeting dashing Lord Andrew Pearce brings her respectable, lonely world back to vibrant life! Left alone one night, they give in to their desires only to find their secret passion leads to shock, scandal…and a sudden marriage of convenience!
After losing her beloved husband, Charlotte never wants to marry again.
Lord Andrew may play the handsome rogue, but he honestly can't risk marrying a woman and bring her into his dangerous life.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I'm really glad I had forgotten what the blurb said when I started reading this book. The fact that Charlotte and Andrew have a single night of passion, and have to wed quickly does happen, but I wouldn't consider it a major part. Nor would I say that there's any emphasis on scandal.
Instead, this was quite a fun book, with Charlotte enjoying being an independent woman, who can do as she please, and has the freedom to think for herself. Yes, she's still in mourning for her husband who died five years ago; and no, she's not interested in replacing him. But she's so much more. She doesn't care for society, and she takes a deep interest in politics.
Charlotte is quite happy with the simple life she has carved for herself and has no intention of changing it anytime soon.
Andrew is a rogue on the surface; handsome, charming, and not lacking in female attention. Again, there's more to him than meets the eye. He is a man bound by duty to the crown, and to his family, and he isn't willing to bring an innocent woman into that life.
Instead of scandal, there's an underlying tension - it's made clear to the reader from the beginning that Andrew is the man that Charlotte's sister has been in love with for years; and it's only a matter of time before this explosive information comes to light.
I thought the pace of the story drops off in the last quarter, but I still really enjoyed I and would be interested in reading the rest of the series.