How To Bed A Baron (Broadswords and Ballrooms #1.5)
by Christy English
When Baron Farleigh finds himself abandoned along the road to Gretna Green, he goes to get a drink at his favorite coaching inn. As he sips his beer, Serena Davenport, the woman he once loved, appears at his side. Serena has just returned from Italy where she worked as an archaeologist on her father's dig. But now her father is dead, and she is on the run from a nefarious Frenchman, carrying a priceless artifact in her reticule.
An honorable man, Arthur agrees to help her, but he finds his motives are not completely pure. Time has not killed his love for her, and he still wants her more than he has ever wanted any woman. Seeing Serena again brings all of his long-dead passion back to life.
When Serena Davenport takes shelter with her old friend Arthur, she discovers that after ten years, attractive youths become strapping men. She also discovers that she had forgotten the deep blue of his eyes, the breadth of his shoulders, and the fact that, without his shirt, Arthur Farleigh looks like a young Apollo. Desperate to bring her father's most important find to the dons at Oxford, she enlists Arthur's help. But when Baron Farleigh takes her home for the night to meet his mother, she wonders how a woman might slip past an honorable man's defenses, and find a way to bed a baron...
After reading How to Seduce a Scot last month I was really hoping for a follow up for Baron Farleigh and I was so happy when Christy English contacted me to see if I'd be interested in reading his novella, How to Bed A Baron. Seriously, there might have been a squee or two, maybe even a little happy dance... But that's between me and the dogs since they're only ones that saw it ;)
Well, I just got done reading this little gem and I loved it. Farleigh hinted at a previous love in How to Seduce a Scot and I was so happy that we got to meet her. At first I was afraid that she had passed or some other tragedy but, luckily, she was only working with her father in Italy.
Their reunion was pretty fast paced as Serena was trying to escape a Frenchman and Arthur needed a fiancee to bring home to his mother. Thinking to kill two birds with one stone, Arthur offered to help Serena while asking for a favor of his own... Visiting his mother and acting as the fiancee that left him on the side of the road.
Since this was a novella everything happened very quickly, in the span of a day, but since they've loved each other since they were kids the feelings were easy to believe. And luckily, there wasn't a whole lot of angst over the romance and the fact that Arthur had just been engaged earlier that day because Serena is the only woman he has ever loved.
While I was really hoping for a full length novel for Arthur, I'm really glad I got to see him get his HEA, even if it was a little short for my liking. Overall though, I think this is definitely a must read for anyone who read How to Seduce a Scot.
How to Seduce a Scot (Broadswords and Ballrooms #1)
Ever since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in North Carolina.
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Disclosure: I was gifted with a copy of How to Bed A Baron through Amazon in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.