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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
A Dash of Romance draws the reader into the lives of Percival Randall and Abigail Walsley as they attempt to untangle the lie that binds them. This is the first book in the Romantic Encounters series by Paullette Golden. Abby knows better, but she spoke a little lie to get out of a horrible marriage proposal. Only this lie bound her to Percival, unbeknownst to either of them. They hope to get out of this engagement with the least amount of damage to their characters. Percival hopes to win the hand of a lady in high society within the time span his father set for him. Abby wishes to continue her writing and charity work, while a husband would only complicate things. Can they end this without getting too entangled?
What I immediately noticed about A Dash of Romance by Paullette Golden is that she is several levels above your average author. Her writing depicts a plot that keeps the reader in suspense about how the characters can free themselves of an engagement without tarnishing their names. The storyline runs smoothly while it throws in flash fiction to show the reader a fictional view of what Abby perceives as a hero. The wit and humor between Abby and Percy is refreshing, causing the reader to laugh with them. I love the story within the story, and the advice column was clever. Overall, Paullette Golden guides her characters through intricate circumstances and mistaken identity. She constructed an engaging romance that holds your attention in their conflict.