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The Pleasure of Her Kiss (Avon Romantic Treasures) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 2003
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When he reaches his home, he finds paying guests staying at his lodge. His wife apparently is hosting a fishing tournament and making a lot of money from her customers. He wonders what she is doing with the money. When she fails to recognize him, he goes underground to learn if she is helping the smugglers take weapons to the Irish.
Though the audience will have some problems with Jared's neglectful behavior, fans will gain much pleasure form this delightful Victorian romance. The lead protagonists are an interesting couple as he hides the truth of his identity while she keeps secret her activities. With a fine story line, THE PLEASURE OF HER KISS is a warm historical novel that readers will enjoy.
Don't get me wrong, it's good to see a story of an independant woman who wants to help those who are less fortunate than her. But the story lacked so much things that it needed for it to be a good read. I was not satisfied at all how the book ended. I wanted those couple to finish with a happy resolution and start off with the next book in the series to be fresh and new characters. The author didn't give enough background for Jared to make you want to like him enough. Not even Kate knew him well even at the end. I'm sure their story will continue to the next book in the series. I don't even know if I'd want to finish their story since it really left me disappointed. Her other books are great, this one just doesn't pass.
Her husband was coming home and the time of reckoning was at hand for Kathryn Westbrooke née Trafford. Left to her own devices by a husband she can barely remember, Kathryn has devoted herself to helping those suffering from the great potato famine in Ireland. Not only has she taken in several orphans and used her husband's estate to raise funds, Kathryn is leading a secret life few know of. When an attractive gentleman unexpectedly arrives claiming to have a reservation, Kathryn is forced to put him up and somehow finds herself continuously running into him. However, the tables are soon turned when Kathryn realizes who her mystery guest is.
The first in Linda Needham's Gentleman Rogues trilogy, THE PLEASURE OF HER KISS tries for an interesting premise but never manages to rise above its flaws. While Kathryn is supposed to be an independent and strong-willed heroine, more often than not she comes across as abrasive and manipulative. The question at the heart of this story is never answered. Why? Why does Kathryn embrace the cause of famine relief so vehemently, to the point that she breaks the law? She isn't Irish, nor does she have any Irish relatives or friends, other than those she meets after she gets involved. Given the absence of an answer, she's a bleeding heart who's out of control. As for the hero, it's hard to like one that seems to take a back seat to such an overpowering heroine. Given the time period and the setting of this story, Jared's continuous acceptance of Kathryn's actions is just one more discordant note in an already uneasy mix.
Sadly, Ms. Needham has once again fallen into the trap that awaits writers of historical romance, characters who just don't belong in their settings. Unanswered questions and implausible character traits leave THE PLEASURE OF HER KISS a disappointing tale.