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Swept Away By a Kiss (Rogues of the Sea) by [Ashe, Katharine]
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Book 1 of 3 in Rogues of the Sea (3 Book Series)

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“Swept Away By A Kiss” is a breathtaking romance filled with sensuality and driven by a brisk and thrilling plot. Her characters are intelligent, vibrant and wonderfully complex. Katharine Ashe writes with eloquence and power--what a compelling read!” (Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author)

A hero who is not what he pretends, a heroine who is determines to unmask him, and a sexual chemistry that burns up the pages. (New York Times bestselling author Sandra Hill)

“A wonderfully written, sensuous romance by an author who expertly weaves time and place into her story.” (Kat Martin)

“You’ll be swept away by Katharine Ashe’s evocative writing. This unforgettable tale will dazzle you with its memorable characters, fascinating plot, and sizzling tension.” (Sabrina Jeffries)

“Ashe’s debut is worthy of high praise. She presents readers with an incredible romance with enough sexual chemistry to singe your fingers. The characters are complex and highly sensual, the plot riveting and the backdrop vividly detailed. This is both a page-turner and a keeper.” (RT Book Reviews-- 4 and 1/2 stars, Top Pick)

“Packed full with adventure, witty repartee, an intriguing plot, wonderful characters, steamy hot love scenes and even pirates, this story is unforgettable. I highly recommend SWEPT AWAY BY A KISS, and I look forward to more works by author Katharine Ashe.” (4.5 Blue Ribbon Rating--Romance Junkies)

“From the danger and adventure to the sensuality and romance, Ms. Ashe has definitely gained a new fan in this reviewer.” (Coffee Time Romance)

“4 stars! Ms. Ashe has taken the extra step and given her readers a twist of originality, offering everyone the pure pleasure of a breathtaking romance.” (Affaire de Coeur)

“10 (Perfect!) TOP PICK! I absolutely loved this book. This is on my favorites list…The sexual tension between the two is nothing short of amazing, beautiful and steamy! … Fellow romance lovers run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and get this book.” (The Season)

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A Secret Identity

When pirates storm Viscount Steven Ashford's ship upon the high seas, it brings him closer than ever to the nefarious criminal he seeks to ruin. Only one seductive detail threatens his victory: the scandalous beauty imprisoned with him, Lady Valerie Monroe. Temptation has never been so intoxicating or so forbidden, for Steven is disguised as a French priest. If they make it off the ship alive, to protect her from his enemies he must never see her again . . .

An Undeniable Love

Back in England, and under the ton's scrutiny for a reckless past she hasn't escaped, Valerie dreams of the breathtaking "man of the cloth" with whom she shared her greatest adventure. Then he reappears in society under his true identity, Viscount Ashford, but, despite the danger, their consuming passion cannot be denied. Now standing in the way of their desire are Valerie's wounded heart, Steven's lone destiny, and a villain who will stop at nothing to crush them both.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061965626
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (9 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P2W1IY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #237,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I thought I had all Katharine Ashe's books but for some reason I didn't have this one. After re-reading In the Arms of a Marquess (Rogues of the Sea) a couple of days ago, I decided to add this book to my collection. Before I go forward with my review, I can only say that In the Arms of the Marquess is an absolutely unforgettable book. If you haven't read it, you might consider taking a look at the book's description and check out some of the reviews.

In this first book of the "Rogues of the Seas" series, we have a heroine, Valerie, who was apparently banished to America for a couple of years due to her rebellious behavior which is somewhat explained over the course of the story. It's obvious she had issues with her father - she never calls him anything but "the earl" and eventually the bits and pieces reveal further information about their relationship which apparently was never fulfilling and has resulted in the wounding of Valerie's soul to the point these wounds will flavor her future relationship with the man she will eventually fall in love with.

Valerie's brother has inherited the title and he's married to Valerie's best friend, Anna, so Valerie is looking forward to going home and has been on her best behavior, deciding to turn over a new leaf and hopefully, she will be accepted back into society.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Love Story - But the Hero's Affections Run Hot/Cold 5 Feb. 2015
By Judge Tabor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thought I had all Katharine Ashe's books but for some reason I didn't have this one. After re-reading In the Arms of a Marquess (Rogues of the Sea Book 3) a couple of days ago, I decided to add this book to my collection. Before I go forward with my review, I can only say that In the Arms of the Marquess is an absolutely unforgettable book. If you haven't read it, you might consider taking a look at the book's description and check out some of the reviews.

In this first book of the "Rogues of the Seas" series, we have a heroine, Valerie, who was apparently banished to America for a couple of years due to her rebellious behavior which is somewhat explained over the course of the story. It's obvious she had issues with her father - she never calls him anything but "the earl" and eventually the bits and pieces reveal further information about their relationship which apparently was never fulfilling and has resulted in the wounding of Valerie's soul to the point these wounds will flavor her future relationship with the man she will eventually fall in love with.

Valerie's brother has inherited the title and he's married to Valerie's best friend, Anna, so Valerie is looking forward to going home and has been on her best behavior, deciding to turn over a new leaf and hopefully, she will be accepted back into society. But, unfortunately or "fortunately" depending on your opinion, the ship she's sailing on is taken over by pirates and this sets up the story very nicely for the romantic relationship with Valerie and a pretend French priest, Father Etienne La Marque, who is actually Steven Ashford in disguise - a disguise he's used for several years in his efforts to halt human trafficking on the high seas.

Steven and his partner, Maximin, have big plans for this journey across the high seas and Valerie was never part of the plan. When the ship is taken over, Steven must do everything he can to continue the plan he and Maximin have in motion, while attempting to protect Valerie as much as possible. Valerie is a brave, courageous girl but she is very confused about her attraction to Etienne and the events that take place once the pirates board the ship. In truth, I was a bit confused about what was going on myself - just had to continue reading until it became clear. Eventually, Steven's and Maximin's plan works out and all is well on the ship, but not before Valerie and Etienne/Steven have been thrown together in ways that will cause Valerie to never be able to forget Etienne/Steven. Steven has been greatly affected also but fights it to the point he is willing to have her put on another ship and go on her way to England.

**Spoilerish** A few months pass and eventually Steven's and Valerie's paths cross again in England where he's actually a titled peer. His "business" takes him there to his godparents' home where a house party has been planned and of course Valerie has been invited. More confusion arises in Valerie's heart and mind because initially, she recognizes Steven as Etienne and doesn't understand why he is there as Steven Ashford. To further complicate matters, Steven makes it clear she means nothing to him. This part disturbed me quite a bit because Steven ran hot and cold with Valerie leaving her confused and her heart torn up. Even though she stands up to him in an admirable fashion and even goes so far as to make plans of her own which she thinks will help Steven in his efforts relative to his business, she's mostly hurt and wounded throughout most of the story.

Even so, their relationship is very vital and romantic in many ways. Steven comes across as being a man of great integrity and honor and he's actually trying his best to stay as far away from Valerie emotionally as possible because he doesn't believe he can ever bring her into his world - it's simply too dangerous and he's not about to give it up. It is his passion. Of course, he's been dealt a "love blow" so to speak when it comes to his future because his heart will not dismiss the lovely, courageous Valerie.

I would have given this book 5 stars, but I felt the storyline was a bit schizo in the hot/cold attitude of Steven. It was simply too much at times. Still... their relationship and love is not easily forgotten.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swept Away by Swept Away by a Kiss 23 Sept. 2014
By AngCartwright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A Secret Identity

When pirates storm Viscount Steven Ashford's ship upon the high seas, it brings him closer than ever to the nefarious criminal he seeks to ruin. Only one seductive detail threatens his victory: the scandalous beauty imprisoned with him, Lady Valerie Monroe. Temptation has never been so intoxicating or so forbidden, for Steven is disguised as a French priest. If they make it off the ship alive, to protect her from his enemies he must never see her again . . .

An Undeniable Love

Back in England, and under the ton's scrutiny for a reckless past she hasn't escaped, Valerie dreams of the breathtaking "man of the cloth" with whom she shared her greatest adventure. Then he reappears in society under his true identity, Viscount Ashford, but, despite the danger, their consuming passion cannot be denied. Now standing in the way of their desire are Valerie's wounded heart, Steven's lone destiny, and a villain who will stop at nothing to crush them both.

What a cool story this was. So unique – that’s what I love about Katharine Ashe’s books is that they are really like no other. This book is almost two completely different books. The first part is about the pirate ship takeover and the tortuous situation that Steven and Valerie find themselves in and the second part is back in England where Valerie is still Valerie, but Steven is a completely different person.

The conflict they face on the ship in the first part is tortuous because the Captain, a crazy one of course, wants to break Steven, the priest, by putting him and Valerie in situations where he may be forced to take her virtue. The tension in these scenes is palpable. I did not see the resolution to this conflict coming. The ideal would have been that Valerie and Steven continue on with the tension from there, but the book picks up in England where they are reunited but Steven is a complete ass. Valerie’s so confused, as are the readers, but we understand that he is trying to protect Valerie until he can ensure the danger he is facing is gone. Hard core though this is, the reader must suffer through what Valerie feels and I tell you, I, as the reader, did! Rewards are always sweeter when earning them was tough and I, the reader, was well rewarded.

I highly recommend Katherine Ashe in general – she is an extremely talented writer – and I recommend this book. Did I mention this is her debut? Amazing talent! I’m onto the second one in the Rogues of the Sea series, Captured by a Rogue Lord, and I’m excited. While sad to see Steven and Valerie go, I am assured they appear in the next book, so I look forward to it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes-No-Yes-No 19 Jan. 2015
By Rewa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Read other books by her & I find her stories are entertaining. This one wasn't the best though, w/ the books I read thus far by her, Ashe seems to always make the main female character too infactuated w/ the guy. But in this one, I thought, she made Valerie too desperate for Ashford's attentions. I was thinkn to myself, "Just be patient girl, let him come to you for once!" I got sick of Ashford being two-faced about the relationship. He loves her-then he rejects her w/ rude remarks, then Val cant believe it after so many times she keeps forgiving him! Overall though, it's worth 4 stars, Ash FINALLY realizes he cant live w/o Val.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Winner! 4 Jan. 2016
By Julie's Bookshelf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a great book by one of my. New favorites, Katherine Ashe. I really like the accurate historical aspects, and her closing notes. The sex ain't bad, either.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip it 8 April 2014
By MB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really like the author's other books I've read, but this one was dismal.

This book reads like a poorly edited first-try-at-writing. I don't know if it IS, but it reads like one. The actual plot is cute and kind of fun. The writing of the plot is convoluted and repetitive. I never really liked the Heroine, and the Hero never grabbed my attention.

I only kept reading it because 1) I paid for it, and 2) I also paid for a sequel, which I bought at the same time. I wanted to know the backstory of the next book's characters, so I kept going. I should have stopped - the amount of time the other characters are mentioned isn't worth slogging through this book. I hope that the sequel is much better, or I'm going to feel really annoyed at myself.

CHARACTER ISSUES
The Heroine, we are told (eventually, through very minor snippets scattered throughout the book), had some kind of daddy-won't-pay-attention-to-me issues, and sort of apparently acted out like a scandalous miss to get his attention, and ended up going to stay with her cousin in America. At the beginning of the book she's getting on a ship to come home. Blah blah pirates, blah blah romantic stuff on a ship, blah blah back to England, blah blah more stuff happens.

The chick is annoying. She's all fired up about how she's soooo independent and "nobody puts Baby in a corner", and also how she's a super seductress and gets her way by vamping it up with men.....but yet she's also mopey, weak willed, and goes from happy to "oh no, he doesn't like me/he lieeeeeeed boo hoo" in the time it takes for someone to hand her a cup of tea. She has these crazy dreams throughout the book that, I think, are supposed to tell the reader that these two are fated to be together. She never tells anyone about them and they're never addressed during the plot development, so in my opinion, they could have been deleted and not impacted the story at all.

The Hero is this guy who does bad things for a Really Good Reason, and he's a spy for his own Really Good Reason, but not for any government. Apparently there's some kind of destiny thing that his grandpa told him about regarding the lady. I don't know, it gets mentioned a few times and then never explained. He runs around being all mysterious and deep, demanding her trust and cooperation, but not bothering to explain anything, even the bits of information that could be explained without compromising the secret. How hard is it to say "hey, I'm trying to stop a bad guy from doing bad things, but I can't explain a lot of details. Take this object to this person for me, please, and help me, since you're my sugar pie honeybunch". She'd have done it, but then there'd be no reason for her to get mad later.

The Heroine kept getting randomly furious at the Hero, at really stupid times, for really thin (or badly written) reasons. "Oh my darling you are amazing, I love how you kiss - wait! You touched my left hand I and I had a blue ribbon on my left wrist 17 days ago, and once you told me you had a blue vest you hated, so that means you hate me!! Gasp horror groan, now I'm soooo mad at you and I'm going to pout and stomp and NOT tell you the really important thing you need to know that could save your life. So THERE!". Flounce away, make out with some gross guy to prove you're an independent idiot, lather rinse repeat.

The Hero was all about doing naughty things and then going from warm and caring to hard flinty eyes and saying something rude or mean because....? To protect her? I have no idea. He kept wanting her to stay safe, but wouldn't tell her ANYTHING that could keep her safe - like, oh, "hey honey bun, Lord GrossTeeth is a bad guy, might want to stay away from him". Idiots, the both of them.

WRITING ISSUES
Lordy, you think my review is long and drawn out, you should try to read this book. At times, I couldn't follow a conversation. Someone would ask "hey, how's it going?", and about 6 long paragraphs later, after describing the sky, the smell of the flowers, the birds, hairstyle choices, contemplating the deep differences between red and maroon, getting angry at the world, thinking about daddy, feeling bad for being a flaming idiot, how pretty grass is, eventually someone would say "oh, fine thanks". Stab my eye, please.

So many things are started and then left unaddressed. What's up with the psychic dreams? What's the deal with grandpas destiny stuff? Why did the Dumb Dude feel like he met Scandalous Stupid when they were kids? If the chick was soooooo naughty before her American adventure, why aren't we shown it? She keeps saying she was so trampy before, but we never really see it. What was the guy's reason - aside from just being a justice warrior - for embarking a multi-year, wildly expensive, self-assigned spy assignment? What the hell happened between Bad Guy and Other Bad Guy and the Hero that makes them so antagonistic? How come the Bad Guy portion of the plot wraps up the way it does - we go from "I have damning information!" to "annnnnd Bad Guy gets his". What?!

The biggest plot hole - I learned more about the Really Bad Thing from the afterward than I did from the book. It was like a convenient excuse for the Hero to run around being all heroic, but never explained like - this is bad for this reason and this is the history and these are the people I'm working for/with. Something, please? Tell me what is important about this thing that drives pretty much the whole book!

IN SHORT
Just...just don't. The language is convoluted, the writing is meandering, the romance is cute, the characters are annoying, and the next book doesn't need this as backstory. If you're a completist, wait till it's free or borrow it from a library.
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