His Every Kiss (Avon Romantic Treasure) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2004
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His Every Kiss The "USA Today" bestselling author pens a poignant and passionate tale of emotional renewal. When a destitute and desperate lady is forced to seek employment with a disreputable scoundrel, she discovers the tormented, good, and passionate man underneath. Original. Full description
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I'll give Ms. Guhrke credit for coming up with some interesting characters and interesting storylines. In this book, we have Dylan Moore, a very gifted composer who's pretty much lost his gift since falling from a horse and hitting his head on a rock which resulted in noise in his head 24/7. He can no longer hear his beautiful music due to the noise - neither can he sleep unless he's totally worn out or takes laudanum or smokes hashish. Deciding the misery of the noise and the loss of his gift makes his life no longer worth living, he takes his pistol in hand and goes on a walk intending to do himself in.
Instead, Dylan comes across the path of a lovely char woman in a deserted concert hall. Her name is Grace Cheval and she's playing a violin instead of cleaning. Interesting thing - the sound in Dylan's head is lessened and he begins to hear bits of music while he's in Grace's presence. Grace plays for Dylan while chiding him for considering taking his life and then abruptly departs. Although Dylan tries his best to find her, he cannot until a few years later he sees her playing with the musicians at a private ball he's attending.
By this time, Dylan has been on a path of extreme debauchery to try and deal with the continual sound in his head. This part troubled me. I hate to read about the level of debauchery the hero has gone on, is continuing to be on, etc.Read more ›
'And then he kissed her,' liked Harry and Emma and it was an interesting story.
And then read 'The Wicked Ways of a Duke,' I didn't like the hero in this book, at all, and the heroine was far to naive in my opinion.
Next came 'Guilty Pleasures'- Anthony and Daphne were such well-round characters. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. In fact it was a perfect romance.
And finally 'His Every Kiss'
What a great story this was, filled with emotional angst and finally redemption.
I love the tortured hero premise, and I love Dylan Moore.
The story line is excellent.
The tortured music genius, who could no longer compose because of the terrible noise in his head. He fell off his horse and hurt his head and now lives a rakehell life to compensate for peace.
And Grace, a breath of fresh air, who is his saving grace, indeed. He finds peace only with her. But sadly, he is not what she needs, even if she wants him. Almost a decade ago, she scandalised her family by eloping with a temperamental french artist and living with him in sin before she married him. Now a widow, she will retain her dignity, even if it means selling oranges in the street. She will not bring more shame upon herself, by being the mistress of another temperamental person who lives only for his music. Never mind that she was falling for him.
Isabel, Dylan's brilliantly talented, 8yr old daughter is the catalyst that brings about the change in him, and he learn to love.
Slowly, Grace learns to trust again and Dylan learns what love is really all about.
Watching them fall in love was emotionally ful-filling reading.Read more ›
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Composer Dylan Moore is as famous for his brilliant music as he is for his wild lifestyle and his reckless antics. During one wild escapade, Dylan takes a fall from his horse and hits his head on a rock. He survives the fall but the injury caused by the impact creates an incessant buzzing sound in his head that drowns out the music. Tormented by his inability to compose Dylan is driven to near madness and in his typical dramatic fashion tries to take his own life at a concert hall where he had conducted his most brilliant works.
His savior turns out to be the hall's hauntingly beautiful charwoman who manages to convince him in a no-nonsense way that he has something to live for even if it doesn't seem like it at
the time.Dylan concedes, not because of her speech but because for the first time since the accident he is able to hear music. So,the good news is that Dylan might be able to compose again.The bad news is that his muse has disappeared without a trace.
Five years later, Grace Cheval is nearly destitute when she runs into Dylan Moore again. This time he will stop at nothing to possess this sensual woman who has the ability to bring back the music his life revolves around. Grace, on the other hand, already played muse to an artist with disastrous results so she fights Dylan tooth and nail every step of the way. Then one day Dylan's life is changed forever when a daughter he never knew he had is dropped off at his doorstep giving him the perfect excuse to bring Grace into his life. The ever practical Grace, being almost homeless at this point, decides that taking a post as governess to Dylan's daughter is the lesser of two evils.
So,she agrees as long as he understands that she will not now nor will she ever accept to become his lover or his muse.
It is no secret that I'm a sucker for tortured heroes.Dylan Moore is magnificent in his torment and the author does not try to sugarcoat him at any time. He is a gloriously moody,selfish, self-absorbed, devil-may-care bad boy.But, at the same time she gives the reader teasing glimpses of the tender, thoughtful, loving man that lies beneath and it makes for a very potent combination. She also suceeded in creating a perfect heroine for him. Grace is a practical, strong, smart woman who is completely unafraid of her sexuality. She has made some terrible mistakes in the past but she will not crucify herself for them.In short, she is a breath of fresh air in a time period that is polluted with self sacrificing virgins. I also loved Isabel, Dylan's daughter. Other reviewers have pointed out that she was too articulate for an eight year old ,however, the author did describe her as a musical genius like her father. So, the character seemed true to life for me. As for the plot, it's certainly nothing too original, however, the author makes it work. To me this is proof that a good author can breathe life into any old tired plot. In the end though, I just couldn't award the book five stars because I felt Grace held out for much too long and then when she finally gave in to her desires, her about face just seemed too sudden for me. I also thought the end cried out for an epilogue but that's just a small quibble on my part.
After putting out two great books in a row Ms. Guhrke has become an auto buy author for me and so I urge any serious romance reader to run out and buy this book. You will not be disappointed :)
Grace, aptly named, is just the woman to give it to him.
She retains her dignity even when tragic circumstances find her pushing a broom. Which makes her an excellent foil for a man whose own tragedy hasn't been handled nearly so well.
The familiar themes of seduction, betrayal and redemption are given new life here, thanks to finely drawn characters, sensual love scenes, and the unusual nature of Dylan's private torment. I was mad as hell at his about-face when he found a flaw in Grace's perfection. But I was eager to forgive him. He was worth it.
All too often, we're given bad-boy heros whose cruel behavior toward the heroin is relentlessly unfair. Desperate to see some sign that he has a conscience, and that I didn't make a mistake when I bought the book, I've let myself be led through chapter after of chapter emotional abuse presented as romance. When the abuse is spiced with sexual tension, the heroines - and the authors, presumably - seem to interpret the man's rampant libido as evidence that he's in love, but is just too vulnerable to express his feelings any other way. Right.
As a first-time reader of this author, I'm delighted to announce that Dylan is different. His darkness is credible, considering what he's lost. More importantly, it's offset by genuine tenderness and charm, making Grace's love for him believable and not proof that she's a masochist.
I enjoy an emotional rollercoaster, provided there are as many high points as low ones. This was a great ride.
Grace Cheval, knew when Dylan found her again that she wanted nothing to do with him - he was so much like the artist she had wed and left - the type of man who didn't know how to love anything but their art. Unfortunately, she was destitute as well as disgraced and had very little options left in order to survive, so she accepted Dylan's offer of a position of governess to his newfound daughter. Grace, a passionate woman who had spent so many lonely years alone now denied herself and the growing feelings Dylan inspired. She fought every kiss that was slowly and surely melting the ice around her heart, but before she surrendered to the increasing passion could she melt the ice around his?
I thought this was an absolutely dynamic character study of a brilliantly gifted man and woman. He who was so tormented by an accident that diminished his ability to compose and play the music that he loved. While Grace, who had fiercely loved and saw that love wasted on a husband who had no room in his soul to love anything other than his art, knew that Dylan was cut from the same cloth. When her dire circumstances led her to accept the position he offered she was sure she would not make the same mistake of allowing herself to fall in love with him. The secondary and beautifully crafted 8-year-old illegitimate daughter Isabella, was both the catalyst that began Dylan's initiation into a caring human being and gave a superb strength to the overall plot as Dylan began to see himself in his small daughter. Isabella, the very precocious daughter was a total delight even as she exhibited some of the same spoiled selfish brat traits of the father that he found weren't quite nice. While there were not a lot of actual passionate encounters, the underlying sensuality of the story was extremely well done and I totally enjoyed the beautifully contrived character studies of both the protagonists and the deeply sensual romance.
*** I get thoroughly upset when readers slap a book because they might not 'get it' - My advice - read and decide for yourself! -
--- Marilyn Rondeau, for [...] ---
It has been years since I read a good novel that truly got my emotions involved and made me feel a part of the plot line. I could almost touch these characters they became so real. If you enjoy a romance novel that is not so steep in history it boggles the mind or so intense into sex scenes that you think you are involved in a soft porn movie than this book could be for you. I can truly say this is one of the top books I have ever read. And...I have read honestly thousands of romances since I was 18 years old.
You will connect with the main characters Grace Cheval and Dylan Moore. This was a beautiful story not of dukes, duchess, princes or princesses...or even high society. Instead...it was about human emotions and how you deal with love won and lost, sexual attraction, uncomfortable emotions and how to be a decent human being.
The back drop of Dylan's musical brilliance as a pianist and composer, and Grace's "fall from grace" due to running away with her first love and the repercussions from such actions will keep you engrossed from the beginning. Dylan is drawn to Grace from the first time he met her not just due to her beauty and talent as a violinist but, something deeper that draws him to her as no other woman. She allows him to hear music again after he lost it for years. Thus...she becomes critical to his world. Grace in turn is deeply attracted to him as his passion and drive is white hot but, she got burned before in this haze of intensity and doesn't want to again but, Dylan's kisses and drugging passion are hard to resist.
Lots of twists occur such as the unexpected arrival of Dylan's unknown daughter "Isabel" and how they deal with her, Dylan's medical condition of ringing ears from an accident years before and his lost musical touch, Dylan's fascination and need for Grace to be his muse and Grace's past disgrace of living in sin with a famous painter and what he did with all those nude paintings he made of her over the years. Truly, the twists and developments never end and you don't want them to.
The love scenes are happily second in this book to the great characters and story line. In romances, often the love scenes need to be hot to keep the action going but, not here.
The ending of the book is marvelously written and actually made me tear up a few times (I didn't cry...just felt the threat of tears - that's alot for me in a love story) - the writing made the emotions that real and raw you couldn't help but, be moved and pray for a happy ending.
I'm sad that their tale is now over....I say buy this, keep it, never lend it out and expect to read it again and again. Enjoy!
Unbeknownst to Dylan he fathered a daughter with a French courtesan and now that the mother died, eight-year-old Isabel is thrust upon her father. Dylan finds his new-found fatherhood agreeable and hires the destitute Grace as a governess. Isabel is an unruly genius in her own right, so much so that I found her to be somewhat unbelievable and farfetched for one so young, although it fit the storyline. Can everyone find lasting love and happiness together?
Follow the comprehensive lives of Dylan, Grace and Isabel, but be sure to first read the prequel GUILTY PLEASURES where Dylan is first introduced. Although HIS EVERY KISS is a pleasant read, I enjoyed GUILTY PLEASURES much more.