Release day: Charming Sir Charles
Today is the official release of Charming Sir Charles by Anna Campbell (book 5, The Dashing Widows) (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:
Matchmaking mayhem in Mayfair!
Sally Cowan, Countess of Norwood, spent ten miserable years married to an overbearing oaf. Now she’s free, she plans to have some fun. But before she kicks her heels up, this Dashing Widow sets out to launch her pretty, headstrong niece Meg into society and find her a good husband.
When rich and charming Sir Charles Kinglake gives every sign that he can’t get enough of Meg’s company, Sally is delighted to play chaperone at all their meetings. Charles is everything that’s desirable in a gentleman suitor. How disastrous, when over the course of the season’s most elegant house party, Sally realizes that desire is precisely the name of the game. She’s found her niece’s perfect match—but she wants him for herself!
There are none so blind as those who will not see…
From the moment Sir Charles Kinglake meets sparkling Lady Norwood, he’s smitten. He courts her as a gentleman should—dancing with her at every glittering ball, taking her to the theatre, escorting her around London. Because she’s acting as chaperone to her niece, that means most times, Meg accompanies them. The lack of privacy chafes a man consumed by desire, but Charles’s intentions are honorable, and he’s willing to work within the rules to win the wife he wants.
However when he discovers that his careful pursuit has convinced Sally he’s interested in Meg rather than her, he flings the rules out the window. When love is at stake, who cares about a little scandal? It’s time for charming Sir Charles to abandon the subtle approach and play the passionate lover, not the society suitor!
Now with everything at sixes and sevens, Sir Charles risks everything to show lovely Lady Norwood they make the perfect pair!
Anna dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
It’s been such fun returning to the world of the Dashing Widows after writing a couple of Christmas novellas. In the fifth book in the series, Sally Cowan, Countess of Norwood, is my widow in the spotlight. Sometimes characters come to you fully formed, and Sally was one of those. I immediately pictured her as a woman who is very attractive, but not classically pretty, someone along the lines of Sarah Jessica Parker, a woman whose vivid presence and quirky charm make her stand out from the crowd. Each of my widows has had some major problem to solve before they can settle down with their hero for a happily ever after—in Sally’s case, it’s recognising that she’s still ripe for romance. She’s one of those women who, while perceptive about other people, is completely blind to her own qualities, including how attractive she is. Sir Charles Kinglake has never been blind to Sally’s appeal, but his courtship isn’t prospering, because she just hasn’t noticed his pursuit. During the course of the novella, she finally wakes up to her real feelings—and mayhem ensues. Sally and Charles have a rocky road to travel before their happy ending, but they get there in the end! I hope you enjoy taking the journey with them.