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Summer Campaign by Carla Kelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Purchased and Review (explanation at bottom of post)
Genre: Historical Romance
Book Description: Miss Onyx Hamilton is about to make what everyone agrees is a perfect marriage—until handsome Major Jack Beresford comes galloping into her life. But with his fortune and connections, Onyx knows he’d never ask for her hand, would he? New and longtime fans alike will relish this delightful romance from Carla Kelly. Charming, sweet, and full of fun, it’s simply impossible to stop reading.
My thoughts: This book reminds me why I enjoy reading Carla Kelly's books. It is light, fun, full of mischief, and great characters.
Onyx is a young lady living off of the mercy of an pseudo step-mother and her husband. She does not have means of her own and is treated as an inconvenience. She is being coerced into a marriage with an overbearing man. Because of the treatment she has received, she doesn't feel like she has an alternative.
She wished for an adventure and her wish was granted. Jack saves her from the hands of highwaymen. From the moment they meet, their easygoing conversation that is full of humor and sarcasm takes off. Personally, I loved it. I love it when characters can be at ease with each other and banter.
One thing that Jack is familiar with is war. He served for His Majesty for four years. As a Major he lead men into battle and used his mind for strategy. Now it's time to use those skills to save Onyx from a horrible marriage and coerce her into a life of laughter and love.
This was a book that I had a hard time putting down. It is mostly clean It contains a little bit of innuendo. The dialogue really drew me in and kept me turning pages.
I received a copy of this book to review and then remembered that I purchased an older edition on my kindle.
About the Author: Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two Rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from Romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. She is also a recipient of a Whitney Award for Borrowed Light and My Loving Vigil Keeping.