Sophie Wembley is about to discover two hard truths: When planning a rushed betrothal, one must not be picky; and when the perfect earl happens by, one must not be shy.…
After receiving word that her sister has eloped, even ever-optimistic Sophie has trouble staying positive. She needs to secure her future before the scandal destroys her prospects, although she doesn’t relish the idea of a hasty marriage. But her longtime crush has just shown up for the summer festival in Bath. He may be the key to avoiding disgrace and getting a happily ever after…if she can bring herself to pursue him.
John “Evan” Fairfax, Earl of Evansleigh, is one of the most popular bachelors in the ton. However, his easygoing ways hide a dark past he’s determined to keep secret. Evan has always kept acquaintances at arm’s length for self-preservation, but there’s something irresistible about Sophie…and her seductive charms may well sway the confirmed bachelor to seize a chance at love.
Knightley's delicious second Prelude to a Kiss Regency romance (after The Baron Next Door) returns to Somerset's summer music festival, where love is always in the air. Sophie Wembley was enjoying the festival with her best friends right up until she heard about her sister's elopement. Sophie now needs to get married before the news becomes public and her social standing plummets. She decides to throw propriety out the window and get John "Evan" Fairfax, the Earl of Evans leigh, to fall in love with her. Evan is charmed by Sophie's eternal optimism, no-regrets approach to life, and loyalty to her friends, but he's vowed never to marry. The festival is the perfect backdrop as Sophie and Evan connect over their shared appreciation for opera and good music. Evan's vow and his eventual liberation from it are sloppily handled, but the cast of supportive friends and family more than balance out the story's flaws with humor, tenderness, and wisdom.