Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Dash of Romance” as Want to Read:
A Dash of Romance
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Dash of Romance

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  86 reviews
With quills and fantasies, they write their future.

Percival Randall lives an uncomplicated life of luxury, as he likes it. Not even an ultimatum requiring marriage can tip the scales. A conniving young lady who compromises his name to force a betrothal, however, is an impediment to happiness Percival must confront.

Abigail Walsley dreams of publishing novels rather than mar
Kindle Edition, 231 pages
Published July 20th 2020 (first published July 18th 2020)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Dash of Romance, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Dash of Romance

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.46  · 
Rating details
 ·  101 ratings  ·  86 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of A Dash of Romance
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Dash of Romance, by Paullett Golden is a must read for all readers in the year of 2020. I am head over hills in love with this book! Move over Pam Godwin and make a seat for our new friend. The talented writer, Paullett Golden. She has the skills and writing abilities to move within the circles of the Legendary writer, James Patterson.
Readers, I speak the truth. Oh, where do I begin?! Paullett had me laughing and rolling while reading this book. I couldn’t put it down! I actually forced my se
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Dash of Romance
Romantic Encounters: An Anthology Book 1
Paullett Golden
Release date 07/20/2020

Blurb :

With quills and fantasies, they write their future.

Percival Randall lives an uncomplicated life of luxury, as he likes it. Not even an ultimatum requiring marriage can tip the scales. A conniving young lady who compromises his name to force a betrothal, however, is an impediment to happiness Percival must confront.

Abigail Walsley dreams of publishing nov
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This is my 3rd book by P Golden, and it was also my favorite. This author is definitely in my top 5 favorite historical romance authors. The story was beautifully written. And I couldn’t get enough of Percy and Abbie. I loved the banter, chemistry and romance between them. The small country village was charming and worthy of the story. I wish I could visit the literary society.
The snippets of stories that followed give us excitable, so very heartfelt moments. Just more to love about
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksirens
'With quills and fantasies, they write their future.

Percival Randall lives an uncomplicated life of luxury, as he likes it. Not even an ultimatum requiring marriage can tip the scales. A conniving young lady who compromises his name to force a betrothal, however, is an impediment to happiness Percival must confront.

Abigail Walsley dreams of publishing novels rather than marrying dashing heroes. An unexpected proposal and a subsequent Banbury tale tumble her into a betrothal with a man she has ne
Barbara Rogers
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: 7/20/20

What a great new reading experience for me! I had never heard of Flash Fiction until this author mentioned it to me and it has been such a fun read. Evidently there isn’t much of it in the romance world, so this is really unique – you should definitely give it a read. Flash fiction includes a main story (novella) and then a number of additional shorter (short stories) – sometimes a page sometimes more – stories. I think some Flash Fiction even include d
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Dash of Romance is my first Paullett Golden book. Not my last! This was a delightful read full of sweetness and laugh out loud humor.

The story involves a fake betrothal and "two dreamers who write their love story one scene at a time."

Percy and Abby were interesting characters individually, but together they grow in confidence and finding their purpose in life. Percy wore his heart on his sleeve and I love a hero that so unexpectedly falls hard for the heroine. Love hit him like a ton of bric
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an entertaining read. Some parts made me chuckle, in particular, the writings from Mr. Stitch and Mrs Button in the local paper. Abigail had a vivid imagination and loved writing novels. It was this imagination that caused her troubles when she invented a fiancé to prevent a marriage to Lord Dunley. Percival Randall, the second son of an earl, needed a wife to please his father. I loved their interaction and how when their feelings deepened, Percy sought to convince Abbie that his feeli ...more
Megan Rivera
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Abigail Walsley dreams of publishing her work than marriage. Then she has to betrothal with a man she has never met. Percival and Abigail who fall in love in this great story. “If her ladyship wanted, she could make life unpleasant for the Walsleys. If truly put out, she could have the bishop relocate the Reverend Walsley to another parish. Abbie could not imagine her ladyship going to such extremes, and certainly not because Abbie refused to serve as her companion, but the worry lingered on the ...more
Space Cowgirl
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heard💕 It Through the Grapevine🍇

Georgian Era Romantic Comedy💕.
Abigail Walsely💃, the third daughter of a widowed vicar in a small village days from London, is a secretly frustrated writer📚, and nearly a spinster.

She paints herself into a corner when she refuses the stiff and out of the blue marriage👰 proposal of the local dowager vicountess's foppish son, the Viscount Dunley. The Dowager wants Abbie💃 for a companion in her old age. Her son doesn't want her at all, he likes men! It would be a sad
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adorable! A Regency for my mom's own heart, she would have enjoyed this :) I loved the characters and the plot, the setting and the stage> definitely would recommend, and must dig up a few more. For fans of Jane Austen as well

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simply delightful. Abigail tells a small lie in order to refuse a marriage proposal. She keeps her lie very simple and vague but fate intervenes and suddenly she is betrothed to a man she has never met.
Percival is shocked and angry to discover that some unknown woman has claimed to be his betrothed and intends to make her admit her lies and free him keeping his good name intact.
I laughed and cringed and sighed. A wonderful and funny romance.
Ida Maria
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is dedicated to the seekers among us. The seekers of self-improvement, the ones who strive for more without losing sight of who they are but in an effort to become who they were meant to be; to become better. When I read this dedication before jumping into the book my bruised heart leapt. I am going through a rough patch right now, with a lot of change that feels grotesquely like failure, with a lot of uncertainty and teenage angst even though I can be considered a full grown adult by ...more
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!

For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation found in this book, check out its page on!

Thank you so much to Paullett Golden and BookTasters for providing me with a complimentary digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

A Dash of Romance consists of one historical romance novella and several short stories. My review is going to be focused on the novella since I feel like it’s the main part of the book and that the short stories are more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This author is new to me and I was intrigued by the cover and the summary of the story.

I enjoyed the full length novel. I liked the male character more than the female one. She was a bit annoying near the end of the book. I liked all the supporting characters in particular her father. Her father was pretty fleshed out for a supporting character. One of my favorite parts is the letters back and forth involving Miss Lucy, Mrs. Button and Mr. Stitch.

The short snippets of stories were very entertai
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Devonshire - 1795

Miss Abigail (Abbie) Walsley, 24, is the daughter of The Reverend Leland Walsley. the vicar of Sidvale. She enjoys writing romance novels and also writes a column for the newspaper under the nom de plume, Mrs. Buttons. Abbie has kindly been reading to her neighbor, a viscountess, but now the woman is insisting that Abbie become her full-time companion. Abbie is totally against it until the woman’s foppish son shows up and proposes marriage to her. His plan is to have her live pe
Erin Gossman
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don’t think I’ve ever actually read an anthology before so I was a little unsure of what to expect. I have also never really read flash fiction or micro fiction, I’ve seen the phrase thrown around, but wasn’t even positive what it was. That said, I really enjoyed it and flash fiction is what I thought it would be. I loved the long story, the characters were rich and warm, and a pleasure to read. The flash fiction was a fun addition to see more into the thoughts of the author. To see what other ...more
Alana Bloom
Golden typically writes historical romance with a bit more angst and conflict but, A Dash of Romance takes a different direction from her enchantresses. Don’t fret! Percy and Abigail are a joy to watch as they move from a fake relationship between an aimless second son and vicar’s daughter (on the shelf) to friendship and more. It is the perfect storm of tropes to help readers escape from reality for a while with a lighthearted, perfectly sweet romance. Percival never failed to make me smile. Hi ...more
Kristine D
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tired of the vicissitudes of life in 2020? Looking for an escape to a simpler time? Want an entertaining and light-hearted romance to whisk you away like a knight in shining armor? A Dash of Romance is the book for you.

Sometimes readers want something new – for an author to break the mold with their writing and a plot that is completely different from anything they’ve ever read. And sometimes readers want a book that fits like a favorite pair of jeans – comfortable and reliable. This book is tha
Clara Markel
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romances, historical
This is a fabulous book. I very much enjoyed the stories, especially the first, longer one. There was a perfect blend of suspense and romance and all around good writing that I could hardly put it down. The characters in Golden's novels are always wonderful and richly developed, and this book was no exception. I give this book four stars because I found the one-chapter stories at the end a bit confusing, as I would have liked to learn more about the characters and their stories than just one cha ...more
Rose Blue
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Abigail Walsley, at the advanced age of twenty-four, has long since given up thoughts of marriage. She fills her time with helping her father, the vicar, writing her novel, and visiting with the lonely Lady Dunley. Lately, the viscountess has become more and more insistent that Abbie leave her home and come stay with her as a full time companion. When Abbie continues to refuse, Lady Dunley orders her son to come and propose marriag
Joi Lin
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed "A Dash of Romance" - I usually like my romance novels a little "spicier," for lack of a better word, but this one was clean - which ultimately, is to its credit, because it didn't need any of the typical tropes "trashy" romance novels seem to rely upon to move their plots forward. This one just used interesting characters and their growth throughout the story to keep me involved.

I really liked the Hero in this story. He seemed to be everything you want your H to be: handsome,
Vania Nunes
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the funniest and lightest stories I've read in recent times.
Everything happens due to a big misunderstanding that, in the end, brings wonderful surprises for the couple.

We are introduced to Mr. Percival Randall, the second son of the Earl of Camforth, and Freddie's brother, Baron Monkworth.
Percy was a bon-vivant, a rake, who still maintained his mistress Clarice, despite courting Miss Merriweather.
The truth was, Percy was being forced by his father to abandon his wanton life and
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Abigail Walsley is a Vicar’s daughter and a writer who is trying to get her book published. She is not your typical woman of that age. She had her own Women’s literacy society that her and her friends hosted in a public place and they all read their own writings. She spent time with people and was fine being a spinster. One of the lady’s that she spent time with was the Dowager Viscountess and when she turned down a full time job of being a companion to her the Dowager Viscountess sent her son t ...more
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
A Dash of Romance
Paulette Golden
Historical Romance

Abigail Walsley is the spinster daughter of a small town vicar. This does not bother Abbie who is happy to write her novel, help her father and help out those in need around the village. So when a very unappealing proposal comes her way Abbie does the only thing she can think of and make of a fake fiance. Unfortunately her lies become something much more when a man resembling her fake fiance shows up wanting to know why she is claiming they are
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing

I am not normally a fan of the “romance novel”, but saw “A Dash of Romance” listed on BookTasters, and the description of the plot intrigued me. I was given a copy to read in exchange for my honest review.

The book did not disappoint! In fact, Paulett Golden’s writing is so good that I was completely entranced, and could barely put the story down.

Abigail (Abbie) loves writing novels, and wishes to continue to write and to someday make it her vocation. The last remaining unmarried daughter of a v
Catherine Heloise
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This fun little collection consists of a short novel and a collection of flash fiction. The short novel is an endearing story about two people who wind up fake betrothed when Abigail invents a fiancé in order to escape an unwanted proposal, and her random description of her fiancé just happens to match that of our hero, Percival. Somehow, the story of their betrothal is spread all over town, and if Percival is not best pleased to find himself betrothed to someone he has never met, Abigail is eve ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Dash of Romance engulfs 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 character. Percival hopes to win the h ...more
Joanna E.Lopez
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Button and Mr. Stitch and two noisy, lovesick owls.

Abigail is a country mouse. She is the Vicker’s daughter who dreams of an independent life as a successful writer. At 24; She is on the shelf and works as a companion for lady D. One day Lady D’s nephew visits to ask for her hand in marriage. In desperation, Abigail tells him she is already secretly engaged. The rumor mill spins and all fingers suddenly point to Lord Percival Randall as Abigail secret romance. Lord Percival confronts Abigai
Martha B.
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
She loves me, she loves me not. She loves me, ....

Though she's the spinster daughter of a country vicar, Miss Abigail Walsley has hopes and dreams of becoming a published novelist. Her aspirations certainly don't include marriage, which is clearly a problem since she now finds herself betrothed to a stranger.

Though he's the free-spirited second son of an earl, Mr. Percival Randall enjoys his London lifestyle. He certainly hasn't any aspirations of changing his current state for that of marriage
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Abbie and Percy, forced together by a misunderstanding but so perfect for each other.

I simply love this book. The storyline is simply, but great and once I fully jumped into to the book I could no put it down. The whole plot is fresh and different from other historical romances I’ve read. The story really kept me in its grip and I loved following Abbie and Percy’s journey to happiness.
Abbie is a great character. I have always loved strong independent character in historical fiction and I really
« previous 1 3 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Earl and the Mud-Covered Maiden (House of Hale #1)
  • The Disapproving Duke
  • The Earl and His Lady (House of Hale #2)
  • The Earl and The Heir (House of Hale #3)
  • Rosemary or Too Clever to Love
  • Tempting the Scoundrel (House of Devon, #3)
  • The Land Steward's Daughter
  • The Rake is Taken (League of Lords, #2)
  • Leather and Gold (Masters of Mayfair, #1)
  • Gentleman Jim
  • Two in the Bush
  • A Secret Surrender (The Pretenders #1)
  • The Bachelor Earl: Includes Bonus Scenes from The Untouchables
  • Once Upon a Twelfth Night
  • Chasing the Duke (12 Days of Christmas, #7)
  • Letters for Phoebe (Promise of Forever After #1)
  • Fair as a Star (Victorian Romantics, #1)
  • My Lady of Danger (The Marriage Maker Goes Undercover, #3)
See similar books…
Celebrated for her complex characters, realistic conflicts, and sensual love scenes, Paullett Golden puts a spin on historical romance. Her novels, set primarily in Georgian and Regency England with some dabbling in Ireland, Scotland, and France, challenge the norm by involving characters who are loved for their flaws, imperfections, and idiosyncrasies. Her stories show love overcoming adversity. ...more

Related Articles

  Meet-cutes and misunderstandings, steamy kisses and heartfelt declarations: It must be Romance Week! Get in the Valentine's Day mood with our...
327 likes · 118 comments