USA Today bestselling author Charis Michaels enchants with her Awakened by a Kiss series, taking our favorite fairy tales' forgotten characters and making them the hero of their own story.
An heiress with a plan…
Lady Helena Lark has spent years trying to escape her wedding to the vain and boring Duke of Lusk. She’s evaded, refused, even run away. When her family’s patience runs out, they pack her off to London to walk down the aisle. But Helena has another idea: find a more suitable bride to take her place, even if she must look for a replacement duchess every day.
A bodyguard with a job to do…
Declan Shaw, better known as “The Huntsman,” is a mercenary who can pick and choose his clientele. After his last job, escorting a young noblewoman to France, landed him in jail under false accusations, he wants nothing to do with aristocrats or women. But the law isn’t done with him, and if he agrees to babysit a duke’s errant fiancé, the payout could make his legal troubles go away.
A most unexpected alliance…
When their worlds collide, Declan realizes that containing his new client is only slightly harder than keeping his hands off her. Helena senses an ally in her handsome new bodyguard and solicits his help. Together they must escape the forces that oppose them and fight for the fairy-tale love they desire.
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Hunky mercenary Declan Shaw wants nothing to do with the spoiled and corrupt nobles, but if he agrees to escort a duke’s flighty fiancée to the altar, he’ll free himself of them for good. Then he meets that fiancée—the wonderfully independent Lady Helena Lark—and their pulse-pounding chemistry is unstoppable. Soon, Declan’s in on Helena’s plan to find the duke a replacement duchess so she can return to her family’s orchard…hopefully with Declan by her side. This intoxicating Regency romance is bursting with heart-racing moments, as the new couple embarks on a life-or-death journey to win Helena’s freedom, falling helplessly in love along the way. Author Charis Michaels peppers the adventure with delightful humor and fairy-tale whimsy—the duke’s other potential brides are named after Snow White’s seven dwarves. But don’t worry: Michaels doesn’t skimp on the steaminess either. A shirtless, leather-clad Declan at the masquerade ball? Yes, please.
Cute take on the fairytale
I really enjoyed this! I liked that it was a reversal where the H was from the lower class and the h was a lady. I really enjoyed the fact that there was no big misunderstandings or problem for these two and that from the start, it was these two against the world. I did not see the reveal at the end coming (although I kept trying to figure it out, I was wrong). Overall, great read!