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Smuggler's Kiss [Kindle Edition]

Marie-Louise Jensen
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"You're smugglers?" "That ain't what we call ourselves." His voice rumbled deep in his chest. "We're Gentlemen o' the Night." In the autumn of 1720, Isabelle does something which changes her life for ever. But though Isabelle has fled, she is still trapped. If the secret of her previous life is revealed then the smugglers who have found her will not let her stay on board The Invisible - and she has nowhere else to go. To survive, Isabelle must help her captors - even though she detests what they do. But soon her principles are thrown into confusion, as she discovers that outwitting the King's Men fills her with excitement. Soon she finds herself becoming fiercely loyal to the crew - and to one mysterious smuggler in particular ...

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"More of the gorgeous historical romance that Jensen is so good at, set in a richly evoked world of smugglers and landowners in 18th-century Dorset." (Fiona Noble, The Bookseller)

"This is a hugely enjoyable historical adventure with a brilliant narrator, a fantastic love interest and a really strong setting." (The Bookbag)

"Bring me more smuggler romances!" (The Bookwitch)

"...This is a very good story with real depth and a joy to read...this is a fine romantic story standing on its own merits, measured, well-written and with a real feel for the period and the women of its time." (Books for Keeps)

"I literally couldn't put it down and ended up reading the entire novel in one go. Marie-Louise Jensen has established herself as one of the foremost writers of historical fiction for young people and this latest novel can only enhance that reputation..." (The Scotsman)

"The characterisation is delightful in this exciting, adventure story..." (The Independent on Sunday)

"Marie-Louise Jensen has created a novel filled with historical detail and a strong heroine...Jensen's plot shines in this teen novel to provide a refreshing read; whether you like fiction or not, Smuggler's Kiss promises to captivate any imagination." (We Love This Book)

"Marie-Louise Jensen's deliciously readable new offering follows in the footsteps of Daphne du Maurier's classic Jamaica Inn." (The Times)

"brimming with romantic seafaring zest" (The Times)

Book Description

It's not a crime to steal a heart

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 816 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (7 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Marie-Louise Jensen (nee Chalcraft) was born in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, of an English father and Danish mother. Her early years were largely devoted to the reading of as many books as possible, but also plagued by teachers who wanted her to spend time on less useful things (such as long division).
Marie-Louise studied Scandinavian and German at the UEA and has lived and worked in Denmark and Germany as well as England. She stopped full-time work to home-educate her two sons and to rediscover children's books, before doing an MA in Writing for Young People at the Bath Spa University in 2005.
Her first two books, Between Two Seas and The Lady in the Tower were shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize. Between Two Seas was also shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and the Glen Dimplex New Writers' Award.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and action packed 13 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
At first I agreed with the hero, Will that Isabelle was an annoying, spoilt rich girl. I thought the way she changed to become more understanding towards the poor who have to do smuggling to support their families and the way she became more likable and confident as the story went on was great. The story is full of adventure, suspense and surprises. There is never a dull moment and I found it hard to stop reading as there was always something new and exciting happeneing. My favourite part was when Isabelle has signalled the smuggling ship to come in and land the cargo only to reasise the excise officers had hidden themselves under seaweed on the beach and were waiting to ambush the smugglers. It was very tense as Isabelle tried to light a fire in the rain to warn the Invisible to turn back. I loved the banter between Isabelle and Will and the way they tease each other, like Isabelle making Will dress as her maid so they can escape when the excise men board the smugglers boat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, funny and sweet 22 Jun. 2013
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I am a big fan of Marie-Louise Jensen's books. I read 'The Lady in the Tower' first and it is still one of my all time fave books! I have also read and recommend 'Between Two Seas' and 'The Girl in the Mask'. I plan on reading her other books too. Love them!

As for 'Smuggler's Kiss', I didn't really know what to expect. Jensen's books are so wonderfully diverse, although this one did kind of remind me of 'The Girl in the Mask' at times... Anyway. It is a really well written and plotted novel and I can't really fault it. Brilliant. It took me about a day to read.

The characters... I absolutely love that I disliked Isabelle at the start. She is a fantastic and refreshingly different protagonist. I adore Gentle Jacob, and Will and even the lesser characters are very vivid. I had a real sense of the characters growing and changing throughout the course of the story, which is really satisfying as a reader. There are some really sweet and tender moments, and some amusing moments that had me grinning. And, of course, there is plenty of adventure!

Some of the other reviewers call this a great summer read and, while I don't disagree, I think this would be a great winter read too! Reading about ships and smuggling on frosty seas while there is snow and ice outside your snug home? Perfect.

My only slight - very slight! - criticism might be Isabelle's secret. Credit to Jensen for building suspense, but when Isabelle did reveal her secret I just found it... Blah. I just thought, with all the smuggling and murder and excitement, this great secret that has Isabelle waking up screaming was just a little bit bland. Didn't quite fit. But that was the only thing that slightly bugged me. Apart from Isabelle's crying. She cries... a lot. No kidding. It's quite funny actually.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous, exciting and romantic 19 Mar. 2013
I really loved Smuggler's Kiss by Marie-Louise Jensen. I haven't read the author's previous books as yet, but she comes very highly recommended from my blogging friends. Especially now that my mind has been changed about historical fiction, it gives me great pleasure reading books like Smuggler's Kiss. Especially as this book was very adventurous and exciting as well as romantic. I loved the bit of mystery that surrounds both main characters and finding out more about their secrets really kept me turning the pages furiously.

There's something really timelessly appealing about a huge change in circumstance like the main character of our story, Isabelle, goes through in Smuggler's Kiss. At the start of the story, she's a bit snobbish and arrogant about her wealthy and priviledged position in the world. But things start to change when she is rescused from drowning by a ship full of smugglers. I really liked witnessing how much Isabelle changes - both physically and mentally during her time aboard this boat. She becomes less of the simpering, whinging weakling who can barely climb a hill and who has a very narrow view of the world into a strong young woman who is able to better see and understand the prejudices in her world.

And while this book is called 'Smuggler's Kiss' with the tagline 'It's not a crime to steal a heart' I really loved how the romance that is involved in this book is really quite subtle and is built-up slowly. But it's a slow-burn that makes its presence known throughout. I felt myself growing very attached to the characters that we meet and I felt incredibly invested emotionally towards Isabelle's romantic prospects.

I loved how exciting it felt reading this book and going on these adventures alongside these smugglers. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 6 Mar. 2013
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This is possibly Marie-Louise Jensen's best book yet. It's a lovely romantic story, full of excitement, danger and fun, and with many layers of secrets. The narrator is fifteen-year-old Isabelle who begins the story by trying to drown herself off the Dorset coast and is rescued by the crew of a smuggler's ship - among them the enigmatic Will. The developing relationship between Isabelle and Will powers the story. Both are flawed but appealing characters, and both have secrets in their pasts which are gradually uncovered in a most satisfying way. The setting is attractive, and the action blended with descriptions of windswept cliffs, sea and ships adds greatly to the charm of the story.

As always with this writer, there is more to the story than romance, and I learned a lot about the contraband trade and the poverty that drove men to engage in it. The secrets carried by the two young people reveal the dark side of eighteenth century high society and the way women were treated as commodities to be bought and sold. However, although some shocking events are hinted at, there is nothing in this story to make it unsuitable for young readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smuggler's kiss
This is a thrilling book that leaves you guessing at the pasts of characters until the last pages. I can't wait to read Marie-louise jenson's latest historical novel and I hope... Read more
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It's a good wee read and wasn't disappointed i had read it.
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Published 6 months ago by Hen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
It's a fantastic book. Don't wanna put it down and you don't want it to end. Excellent eye opener book
Published 7 months ago by miz foggy
3.0 out of 5 stars ... to learn about the history behind pirates and I liked the...
It was quite interesting to learn about the history behind pirates and I liked the interlinking love story between the protagonists. Happy reading :-)
Published 8 months ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
I really enjoyed reading this book and seeing the heroine, Isabelle's, transformation. The historical elements were interesting and although the pace slowed occasionally, for the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alex Gutteridge
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
Really enjoyed this book - adventure and romance A good holiday read especially if you are staying on the south coast
Published 20 months ago by Laundry Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars e book
strange ending to this book, not what you would expect but it kept me going back for more, would read it again
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