by Jo Goodman

September 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8217-7777-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

What begins as an act of charity ends in an act of violence.

Emma is not thrilled with the favor she has agreed to do for her cousin. Marisol is the one having the secret assignations and she should be the one to end them. But Emma has a difficult time refusing her cousin. Emma feels she owes her family for taking her in after the death of her parents. She has no idea that she is about to be the victim of a vicious attack.

Restell Gardner is known to help people out of situations that are either dangerous or scandalous. He is not surprised at the circumstances people can find themselves in. Be that as it may, he is still affected by the sight of Miss Emmalyn Hathaway when she comes seeking his services. Restell finds he cannot refuse her request...albeit she is a most inconvenient female.

Emma is worried that the assailantís intended victim is her cousin. After all, Emma was wearing Marisolís clothing that day. Upon meeting Emmaís uncle and cousin, Restell realizes she needs as much protection from her family as she does from the unknown attacker. Both the artist uncle and the self-centered cousin take Emmaís goodness for granted. They use her for their own means.

The more time Emma and Restell spend in one anotherís company the more difficult it becomes to keep their attention on the business at hand. This can be a liability because Emma is still in danger and if they are not careful, it may be the death of her.

If His Kiss is Wicked by Jo Goodman is a tale of treachery, danger, and love. The story itself is interesting, but I feel the relationship between Restell and Emma needs to show more growth. I want more than to just be told the hero and heroine love each other. Itís a pity more attention is not given to their relationship because other than that this book is an appealing mystery.

Reviewed in August 2007 by Rho.

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