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The Pleasure of Your Kiss (The Burke Brothers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Teresa Medeiros
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Book Description

Can any woman resist the pleasure of his kiss?

Ashton Burke is a legendary adventurer who has spent the past ten years roaming the globe to forget the girl he left behind. His devil-may-care life is interrupted when he's hired to rescue his brother's kidnapped fiancée. Too late, he discovers she is none other than Clarinda Cardew, the very same girl who made off with his jaded heart a decade ago.

The last thing Clarinda wants is to be trapped in a palace of sensual delights with the man whose irresistible kisses still haunt her sleepless nights. Although he vows he is only doing his job, Clarinda quickly realizes that allowing Ashton to rescue her may put her yearning heart in even greater peril. Unable to resist temptation, Ashton and Clarinda resume the steps of their dangerous dance only to discover the most seductive pleasure of all may be love itself.

Book 1 of 2 in the Burke Brothers Series, which includes The Pleasure of Your Kiss and The Temptation of Your Touch

"A seductive delight and a witty adventure overflowing with swift action, a lusty, exotic setting and plenty of hilarious, sometimes bawdy moments."--Library Journal

"Spellbinding! A wildly thrilling tale of untamed passion. Medeiros holds onto readers' hearts
with another winner!"--Romantic Times


"This novel has everything--an exotic locale, well-developed characters, and a steamy romantic love story. Teresa Medeiros has now become one of my absolute favorites!"--Night Owl Reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3151 KB
  • Print Length: 530 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476798419
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amber House Books (4 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6CPDZ8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for a Romantic 31 May 2013
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A great read , I couldn't wait to pick my book up every night. I will be reading more of Teresa Medeiros books.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite by this author 3 Jan. 2012
By silia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It has been a while since I read Ms Medeiros books but as I recall, I liked them a lot. Therefore, when I saw this new book I instantly bought it without any research.

From the very beginning I was a little puzzled if her books had always been this way or if my tastes had changed. When the hero was described as having a "mocking grin" I started counting the phrases I find almost embarrassing to read. The historical aspect of the book is very Hollywood-ified, as the characters and their dialogue seemed very temporally unspecific. The mindset of all the characters could also be described as too modern for the era the book is supposed to be in. ANYWAY, once you understand most of the book is set in a sultan's harem/palace where the heroine has NOT been "ravished" or traumatized in any way, you realize that the whole thing is very much a fantasy/romance based on an idealized old Hollywood "Sheik" fantasy.

Minor points: I found the massage scene annoying as a very movie-plot sort of scene and I also found the way the heroine justifies turning off the man who helped her for almost her entire life very shallow.

Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this book but it really didn't make me care for the characters as I did for the author's previous works.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner! 8 Jan. 2012
By ReadingIsSexy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You know how your favorite authors seem to lose their steam after awhile? You get a little bored or their books just don't capture you anymore. I keep waiting for this to happen with Ms. Medeiros because I've enjoyed almost every single one of her books, but I am happy to say that she's still on a roll!

The Good:
In all honestly, yes, the beginning is stretching belief a bit far. However, it was also a breath of fresh air to read a historical romance that took us outside the "normal" setting of England. It was different and intriguing and fun.

I loved how the romance between Ashton and Clarinda slowly built throughout the book with snippets of how they met and the things they used to do to one another as children. It made the romance so much sweeter because you got a full picture of their lives. The whole ending of the book was really wonderful and made me sad, happy and gooey inside all at the same time.

The (kind of, not really) Bad:
Forgive me if I'm shallow, but I was a little disappointed that the love scene didn't come until the last 1/5th of the book, however the timing in terms of plot and character development was spot on.

Bottom Line:
If you are willing to ignore the somewhat implausible beginning I really think that you will be happy that you added this book to your collection. I can't wait for Max's story now!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Regency romance, and I loved it! 5 Jan. 2012
By MyBookishWays - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When Clarinda Cardew is kidnapped off a ship by the Corsairs, she's sure that she and her best friend and companion, Poppy, will be sold as slaves into a fate worse than death. However, they are rescued (after a fashion) by the handsome sultan Farouk, and whisked off to his palace in the desert. Keep in mind, it's 1834, and women aren't treated quite the way they are today. Farouk is enchanted by his new English Rose, and affords her all the luxury that his wealth has to offer, but she is essentially his prisoner, even if he calls her his guest. Clarinda is no shrinking violet though, and she realizes that she'll have to get with the program in order to eventually orchestrate her escape, even if that means being taught the art of sensual delight in service to the sultan. Luckily, her first love, Ashton Burke, is coming to her rescue. If only it weren't for that pesky engagement to his brother, Max...

The Pleasure of Your Kiss is my very first Regency romance, and in the spirit of trying new things in the new year, especially with books, I was happy to dive in. I'm so glad I did! The author is a pro at sexual tension, and Clarinda and Ash's back story isn't as black and white as you're led to think in the beginning, and this is played to the utmost effect. When Ash's brother, Max (yeahhh, about that...) hires him to find Clarinda and rescue her from the sultan, Ash doesn't feel like he can refuse, but he's terrified to see the girl that broke his heart almost 10 years earlier. Clarinda feels the exact same way about Ash though, and it's this tension that really keeps you glued to the pages. Well, that's not the only thing. The Moroccan locale is rich and exotic, and created the perfect backdrop for Clarinda and Ash's drama. I also really appreciated that Farouk wasn't made out to be terrible villain that you usually see in these kinds of scenarios. He's a product of his upbringing (and the pressures of his station), and he genuinely has feelings for Clarinda. However, Clarinda's best friend Poppy only has eyes for Farouk, and this storyline was great fun for me since I couldn't help but fall in love with the charming, underappreciated, and romantic Poppy. The Pleasure of Your Kiss also made me laugh, frequently, and that's always a plus for me. Ms. Medeiros is a pro, and it certainly shows in her writing. Yes, I love my dark fantasy and grey characters, but I'm a romantic at heart, and sometimes I like my happy endings. I found myself grinning like a fool at the end of The Pleasure of Your Kiss, and most of the pleasure is in getting there. This story reminded me a bit of an Indiana Jones movie crossed with Romancing the Stone (with some naughty thrown into the mix-I mean, come on, it takes place in a harem), and I enjoyed it immensely. Confident writing, exotic locations, and characters you can fall in love with mark this as a must read for romance, and adventure fans alike. I'm so happy I gave this one a try!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Whoa, not the Teresa Medeiros of old 9 April 2012
By Irisrose - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first couple of chapters held lots of promise. Sadly too much time was spent languishing around in the harem conjuring ineffective and contrived sexual tension to throw Ash and Calinda together. Sometimes both Ash and Calinda were TSTL. The harem setting didn't do it for me. At all. The story just came to a grinding halt with no focus on the romance between the main characters. Then in the last 3 or 4 chapters all of the feelings and facts come pouring out in such a torrent... Having Ash rescue Calinda within two or three chapters and then forcing them to meet their demons throughout the book would have been far preferable.

If using sexual tension in place of building a romantic relationship is your cup of tea, this book might be for you. Otherwise, steer clear and go for some of Teresa Medeiros's earlier books, like Thief of Hearts - they are worth reading.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful 19 Jan. 2012
By Miss Bonnie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this a few weeks back but I decided to take some time to sort my thoughts so that this may actually make some sense rather than having me come across as some crazed silly lunatic fan-girl.

The Storyline
Clarinda and Ashton were childhood friends but as the years progressed, so did their feelings for each other. One night, Ashton sets out to leave his home and Clarinda behind but she catches him in a nearby meadow and the feelings that they had kept restrained for so long were finally let loose.

'...the spark of animosity between them had finally flared into something so combustible it had threatened to incinerate them both.'

Ashton inevitably still leaves her behind and Clarinda is heartbroken beyond all reason. As time passes and stories of Ashton are heard at home, it becomes apparent to Clarinda that he's not coming back for her so she becomes engaged to his brother, Max. Clarinda and her best friend Poppy set sail to meet up with Max for their wedding when their ship is boarded and the two women are captured by the Corsairs. Fearing the worst, the two end up being bought by the sultan Farouk and they are taken to his palace in the desert as his 'guests'. Despite the fact that he is incredibly kind to both of them, they are still not allowed to leave. Max hires his brother Ashton to rescue Clarinda from the sultan not knowing the position he's putting Ashton and Clarinda both in.

Thoughts
Teresa Medeiros books were the first romance books I ever read and inevitably got me hooked from that point on. I have yet to be disappointed by her; her books never lack in originality and are always entertaining. Considering this is a 500+ book I think that says a lot for her writing. I loved the exotic Middle East setting and that the majority of the storyline was spent there.

Her characters are always vibrant and full of life. You couldn't help but love Ashton, even though there were times that you really wanted to hate him. It was painfully obvious how much Ashton and Clarinda cared for each other but he was a fool and left her and never returned.

'No matter how much it galled him, Clarinda belonged to his brother now. He had promised to return her to Max, and that was exactly what he was going to do. With any luck, Max would never find out what had transpired between Ash and Max's bride-to-be in the meadow that morning.'

On top of loving the main characters, her secondary characters were just as fabulous. Poppy was definitely my favorite character and I loved not only the friendship between her and Clarinda but her infatuation with Farouk (and vice-versa!) was simply adorable.

If you enjoy romance novels, this one definitely needs to be on your list. You'll laugh, you'll swoon, and you may even shed a tear. (I know I did!) There was a sneak peek at the end of the next book in this series (yes! A series! yay!) featuring Max. I can't wait. :D
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