by Sarah M. Eden
Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (October 4, 2021)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524418064
ISBN-13 : 978-1524418069
Charlie Jonquil is mild-mannered and kind―except when it comes to his one true adversary, Artemis Lancaster. Though Charlie has a brilliant mind for mathematics, Artemis poses a problem he can’t seem to comprehend: how can one be so lovely and so infuriating? A party in London brings him into the company of the maddening young lady, and it is clear that Charlie’s disdain is mutual. But when an unfortunate incident between the pair involving Charlie’s jacket and a glass of raspberry shrub leads to scandal, the sworn enemies are left with only two options: be ruined or be married.
So it is that Artemis finds herself in a most outrageous predicament: she must wed a gentleman she’s hated for years―and she pledges to avoid him at all costs. But it is only when they enter into this mockery of a marriage that Charlie and Artemis learn things are not as simple as they once appeared. As their tentative ceasefire leads to friendship, it seems their marriage born of desperation might lead them to a love that was destined to be.
I feel like this book had a huge amount of pressure to live up to. People have been waiting for Charlie and Artemis’ story for years.
I hate spoilers, so I would not dream of including them in this review and ruining the book for someone else.
Charlie is like the sweetest guy. He tends to be quiet and can get lost in a large family, but he is also funny. He also is known for always getting into trouble.
Artemis has grown up with a difficult childhood, and it has caused her to build an armor around herself. She is known for her theatrics and cold exterior, which is why Charlie dubs her Miss Shamcaster.
Starting in the first chapter alone, you feel so much for Artemis, even if this is the first Eden book you have ever read, and you don’t know any background.
This book brings together so many beloved characters from the Jonquil and Lancaster series. Sometimes when there are a lot of characters it can get confusing, but this was so well done. There is so much that this book brings together.
Adam and Philip are my favorite characters, and the way they play off of each other is golden. Philip is always fun, but I don’t know how much of his full personality I could take in person. And just when I think I couldn’t love Adam more, he reaches an entirely new level in this book.
Like Artemis, I tend to control my emotions and hide behind a wall around other people. But man alive, reading Sarah Eden books like this are SO emotional! Even Artemis wouldn’t be able to hide her emotions.
Charming Artemis really is a must read and a very satisfying conclusion.