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Livia isn't an interesting marriage candidate because she doesn't have a dowry. Her uncle has taken her in, but isn't happy with her presence, she wears secondhand gowns and other girls in society are looking down on her. When she makes a stunning appearance at a ball Gabriel Penhallow can't help himself and kisses her. Gabriel is an eligible bachelor, a rich member of the ton. Because they are being caught he now has to do his duty and marry Livia. Livia has no say in the matter and is being sent to the Penhallow residence to live with Gabriel's grandmother, who will prepare her for a life as a high society woman.
Gabriel just wanted to kiss Livia because he was impressed by her enchanting presence and now he has to marry her. The Penhallows have enough money, so it is of no consequence that she doesn't have a dowry. However, Gabriel finds the situation infuriating and doesn't want to have anything to do with Livia. He will do his duty, but he doesn't have to like it. Will he eventually start to appreciate Livia or is their marriage doomed before it has even officially started?
You May Kiss the Bride is a fun romantic story. I immediately loved Livia. She has a good heart and she isn't afraid to speak her mind. I liked that she's both fiery and caring, which is a great combination. She doesn't entirely belong in the world she has now unwillingly entered, but she tries to make the best of it and I admired her spirit and determination. Gabriel is a difficult man to live with because he doesn't show his feelings and he hides behind a cold mask. His cool façade is mostly an act, he's actually a kind man with a gentle nature, but he doesn't let anyone come close. There's so much chemistry between him and Livia that he can't stay away from her. I loved their abundance of sparks and couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see if they would have a happy ending.
Lisa Berne writes about splendor and status in an original way. I loved her vibrant descriptions of both the good and the bad sides of high society. Livia has a lot to learn and step by step every important element of her new world is being explained, which is an angle I liked very much. The dialogue is amazing as well, I especially loved the bold way Livia talks to Gabriel's grandmother and their interaction is quite amusing. You May Kiss the Bride has plenty of enjoyable elements and it's entertaining, energetic and sexy. It's a fabulous dreamy story.
You May Kiss the Bride would be a very good choice for readers who love historical romance with gorgeous unique main characters and clever dialogue.
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About Lisa Berne
Lisa Berne read her first Georgette Heyer book at fourteen, and was instantly captivated. Later, she was a graduate student, a grantwriter, and an investment banker, but is thrilled to be returning to her roots and writing her own historical-romance novels! She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
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