THE BARON NEXT DOOR
Charming and disarming love stories are Knightley’s forte. This Prelude to a Kiss series starter, featuring an unconventional heroine and wounded hero, will strike chords with readers. It’s sweet and sexy, humorous and tender — a delight.
Charity Effington escapes the memories of her scandalous London season by visiting her grandmother in Bath. Life is blissful except for their intolerable neighbor, Hugh Danby, Baron Cadgwith’s, complaints about the “noise” of her pianoforte playing. To Hugh, a war veteran, silence is golden. Charity’s music spurs his headaches until he can barely stand it. Though he’s asked her to stop, she won’t. Hugh finds her both irritating and adorable. The better they come to know one another, the more they reach a common ground, and with a kiss their fates are sealed. But Charity won’t marry for anything less than love. Can Hugh prove he loves her enough? (SIGNET, Jun., 336 pp., $7.99)