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on 4 October 2008
It started well enough, with a great chapter setting up the 3 friends fighting together in the Peninsular War- the author sets up the 3 heroes quite well & I am a sucker for series romances.The plot was reasonable- the illegitimate son of a nobleman trying to get his revenge after his mother's death .I enjoyed the scenes with the hero working with horses-he's a famous sought after horsebreeder -those scenes seemed quite methodical & logical ,but then I don't know much about horses,and assume that the Author did her research thoroughly before she wrote them.

What I can't understand, & feel very disappointed with is the many ,many historical gaffes in this novel & the following one.I bought both at the same time. HOW I wish I'd bought & read the first one before going onto buy the second.

The whole book is littered with mistakes-

1)Servants in the early 19th Century NEVER reply to their masters- even lowly horsebreeders- "No worries "-

2) The heroine's older brother ( as the son of a Marquis, would have a courtesy title-) however, on one page he's a Viscount, a few chapters along, he's an Earl......-he could possible have been both an Earl & a viscount-depending on how old his father's title is- ,but usually the senior title takes precedence.

3)The heroine's younger brother is called a lord at one time, then a plain Mister somewhere else -again- ???????

I fully intended to buy the third story in this series- about Lord Bramwell Johns- but don't think I can do until someone from the Editors write & confirm that such stupid basic mistakes won't appear in that book- it detracts from a reasonable plot & some engaging characters & is frankly insulting to the reader.

On the whole those clangers ruined the whole story for me-

Lisa Kelypas,Liz Carlyle & Stephanie Laurens seem to be able to get these little points right !

Ms Enoch-get yourself another editor !!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2008
A kiss. Who would have thought that so much trouble started from just one stolen kiss? Sullivan Waring didn't. He was simply out for revenge against a man who stole what was rightfully his. By day Sullivan is a respected horse breeder but by night he becomes the Mayfair Marauder stealing back his mother's paintings. Only this time during one of his forays he just didn't steal some art, he stole a kiss from a beautiful innocent young Lady. And Isabel Chalsey isn't about to forget that one kiss from the masked thief. Sullivan is an exciting mystery to be solved and she loves a good puzzle. Isabel is used to getting her own way and she won't stop until all of Sullivan's secrets are exposed. But once they spend time together and everything is uncovered both realize that they have made a huge mistake -with their hearts. Because a man who sells horses has no future with the daughter of a Marquis.

A good start to a new series. But I did find some annoying points. Isabel to be a bit irritating with her shabby aristocratic nose-in-the-air treatment of Sullivan. And he has a chip on his shoulder the size of Alaska -thus the revenge. Then again that didn't bother me as much since they do have great chemistry. The sparks really fly between these two. I think thats Enoch strong point here. And the loves scenes where steamy too. The mystery wasn't so mysterious and very predictable but seemed carry some momentum. And the ending is believable.

My favorite part of the book and thus the four instead of three stars is Sullivan's friend Bram. He stole the scenes he was in. I loved his devil-may-care rakish attitude. Enoch spent a fair amount of time developing his character but his book is not the next in the series. Huh? What a teaser! Instead Phin's is. Before the Scandal: The Notorious Gentlemen And he is barely in the book! *Shakes head* why do authors do that?

I recommend this book to those historical romance readers who are fans of aristocrat and commoner pairings. If you like this type of scenario then you might want to check out The Leopard Prince.
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on 3 September 2008
"After the Kiss" is the first of a series of books about 'The Notorious Gentlemen'. The hero of this book, Sullivan Waring, isn't exactly notorious - instead he's overlooked. A renowned horse breeder and trainer, despite the rumours that he has an aristocratic natural father he is ignored except for his expertise with horses. Lady Isabel Chalsey can't overlook him though - not when she catches him red-handed burgling her family's house. But Isabel doesn't want to see him hung or transported, not when he gave her a kiss, so instead she decides to keep an eye on him by employing him to teach her to ride a horse. It's the only reason she can think to spend time with him and find out more about him but unfortunately Isabel is almost phobic about horses.

Sullivan Waring is on a mission to revenge himself against his father who sold all his mother's possessions when Sullivan was fighting the Peninsular war. Each time he steals one of his mother's paintings he knows that it irritates his father. But now there is someone else involved, someone who knows that he is the secret thief known as the Mayfair Marauder, and someone who is getting closer to him. But there's absolutely no future between the daughter of a Marquis and a horse breeder, especially when Sullivan's legitimate half-brother is after Isabel as well. Can they find happiness? Can Sullivan get away with his thefts without being caught? Can he ever find a place in society?

It took me a while to get into this book, despite an exciting first chapter during the Peninsular War. I didn't find myself warming to Isabel Chalsey and her dictatorial and bossy manner and was too perturbed by yet another random man's name in an American-authored Regency (although there was an explanation for why he was called Sullivan). There were lots of errors in dialogue, for example using the American word 'burglarize' rather than the English 'burgle' and other similar mistakes. However the underlying story was actually quite good, even if I wasn't convinced of the probable reality of the events that led to the happy ending. It was, however, a reasonable read with an enigmatic hero, a varied cast of supporting characters and some interesting vignettes into horse training.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008
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on 17 June 2009
this book was shockingly bad, i have always enjoyed the authors previous books but they might have been her older ones. the heroine in this book was extremely unlikeable and unpleasant, and the hero needed to get over himself, i felt like telling him you can't always have life the way you want it now grow up. the plot of him teaching her to ride was so contrived and awkward that i started to feel embarassed for them, i hope this was just a one off and not the taste of things to come
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