Title: Games in a Ballroom
Author: Jentry Flint
Publication: May 3, 2022
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing.
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
Olivia Wilde has resigned herself to never finding a love match. Her father has insisted she marry a man with a title, but the men her father deems acceptable are either boring or are only interested in increasing their own diminishing coffers. With her future looking dismal, Olivia vows to enjoy the last few months of freedom with her childhood friends, including Emerson Latham. His devilish smile and flirtatious teasing stirs up feelings she knows she cannot entertain.
Emerson is struggling to rise to his responsibilities after his father’s death. Though he is still learning his place, one thing he knows for certain is that he wants Olivia Wilde to be his wife. Emerson had long ago fallen in love with her quick wit, beauty, and passionate heart. Yet, without a title, he will never be permitted to court Olivia openly. But he has a plan that may give him a chance to court her in secret.
As the Season kicks off, Emerson proposes a playful game of tag. Olivia’s friends are delighted by the idea, though Olivia is wary. After all, the game must be played in secret as they tag each other at dinners and balls. As the romance builds between Olivia and Emerson, so does the risk of being discovered. Not only are their reputations at stake, so is their safety if they are caught by Olivia’s strict father.
Can their love find a happily ever after before the game ends?
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
I have been a huge fan of this publisher for a while. One of my go-to authors (because I know whatever he writes will be amazing) is published by this publisher. So when I started getting emails asking if I would like to review some of their other books I jumped at the chance to do so. I haven’t been disappointed yet. Their romances are proper so I am not afraid to loan them out to others when I am done.
Olivia is struggling. Her father is very controlling to both her and her mother. He will pick her husband out whether she likes it or not. Olivia on the other hand has feelings she believes for Emerson. The brother of her best friend. He proposes a game of tag to be played over the course of the Season. Will this game make them see their affections for each other are not one sided? Will things happen before Olivia’s father meddles too much? I adoried this book. It did take me a bit to get as I had to pack and plan a family vacation so I was a little distracted. However, once I got going I think I finished 90% of the book in about three days. I loved the characters. I couldn’t wait to find out when they would play tag next. It left me guessing where, who and when the entire time. I loved the flow of this book. The author kept the storyline flowing and it never lagged at all.
The character development in Olivia is amazing to see. Emerson really brings out the best in her. Kind of cracks that shell. I really loathed her father. He was a terrible brute of a man who thought that money and a high ranking in society was all that a person needed. He didn’t if his daughter didn’t love the man. I was cheering for Emerson the entire time. I wanted them to be together they were destined. Emersons best friends cracked me up. They were straight laced to a certain extent but when they weren’t all bets were off. Like with the whole pig incident. I won’t spoil anything but it certainly had me rolling on the floor. I know that this was the authors debut novel. I hope that she writes more as I will certainly be on the lookout for more. I hope that we get a sequel or even a book for one of the best friends as I feel that she can certainly expand on their stories.