Afternoon Delight: A Delightful Arrangement by Cecilia Gray

Afternoon Delight: A Delightful Arrangement by Cecilia GrayA Delightful Arrangement by Cecilia Gray

Series: #1 The Gentleman Next Door
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Gray Life on December 22, 2013
Pages: 58
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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four-half-stars  

In the spirit of Georgette Heyer, this delightful regency romp offers a humorous and heartwarming tale of Boy Next Door romance. It’s a shorter piece, but the story and characters are given full attention. I had a good time with it as the heroine sets out intrepidly into high society London to find a man to make her swoon all the while that man may be closer than she thinks.

Francesca, recently out of mourning for her dear mother, is brought up short when her father informs her that she is to be engaged to the son of his next door neighbor so there is no reason for her to have a Season. Engaged to Phillip! What a notion! She will not marry anyone who considers her a duty. She wants to marry for love. In a surprising moment, Phillip, who seems to really want the marriage, agrees to let her have her Season before they are to be married and he seals their deal with a kiss. A kiss that makes her feel…well not quite swoony, but something.

The story is not deeply developed because of its length, but the reader has no trouble getting the picture or knowing enough to be vested in the characters. Franny had a bad example in her own parents marrying for duty. That word means one thing for her, but quite another for Phillip. Phillip cares for her and looks forward to the duty of making Franny happy. He is bewildered by his feelings and her need to find romance. It was a nice little knot to tease out. I enjoyed the romance development and liked these two together.

In the end, it was a delight to the senses and nice for someone who wants a quick sweet read on the run. Historical Romance fans who like light and humorous should try this one.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Sounds fun! Too bad it’s not longer that way each aspect of the novel could’ve been developed and explored

    • Yep, it is definitely quick, but I only wanted it to be longer because I was having fun. It was developed enough for that.

  • Aws sounds cute 🙂 I love arranged marriage/fake mates set ups. They’re some of my favorites.

    • This was cute b/c she had to understand the difference between ‘swoony’ romance and true love. He had to realize that what he felt was love.