- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon Books (Mar 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380813351
- ISBN-13: 978-0380813353
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.6 x 2.6 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,179,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rob was born one of England's poor. A guttersnipe. A pickpocket. A boyhood of starvation and deprivation. He becomes the ward of a wealthy man who teaches and trains him. Eventually, he becomes a solicitor. Modestly low middle class, he manages to make a living.
He meets, and falls in love with, Vivienne, the niece of a wealthy silk merchant. A woman far above his station. To further complicate matters, Robert is the solicitor preparing the wedding contract between Vivienne and Sir Philip.
This is a sweet story. Robert is determined to succeed, but has feelings of self-doubt. He was a guttersnipe. A pickpocket. A man unworthy of love.
Vivienne's love is a balm. A salve. And the knowledge that he is loved - by anyone, but of course by Vivienne, whom he loves - changes Rob. Instills a bit more courage in him.
This was a good book. Rob is definately a "beta" man. But even quiet beta men need love, too.
She explains that neither she nor the groom loves one another and in fact Sir Phillip Martlebury dislikes her. He wants her in his bed while her uncle gains a title and entrance to the court to further his business dealings. Robert advises her to start questioning Sir Phillip in order to find out what secret the aristocrat might be hiding that will change Uncle Elias' mind. Robert plans to help Vivienne not yet realizing that he is her true love and visa versa.
Restoration romance readers will enjoy HIS FORBIDDEN KISS due to the background that sets the stage for this sentimental historical tale. The story line is fun when the plot centers on the era or on an enticing intrigue though at times turns too sugary. Margaret Moore has written a warm novel that will please sub-genre fans, but is not quite at her usual level of excellence because the lead couple tastes a bit too sweet.
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