by Suzanne Enoch

July 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-084309-0
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Lady Isabel Chalsey was just sneaking into the kitchen for a late-night snack when she is kissed and robbed by the Mayfair Marauder! Scared out of her wits, then intrigued by their kiss, Isabel has a secret of her own. She knows the face of the infamous London burglar, and when she sees Mr. Sullivan Waring at Tattersallís, selling some of his famous horses, she has a name to put with the face.

With the threat of being arrested nearly upon him, Sullivan is forced to agree to Lady Isabelís terms that he teach her to ride her new horse. He does not know what game she is playing, but he is determined to win. Sullivan wants revenge on the Marquis of Dunston, the man who fathered him but has never claimed him; the man who stole Sullivanís motherís paintings from him while he was off fighting in the war against the French. Sullivan will have his revenge, and no sharp-minded lady of the Ton is going to stop him.

A burglar as a hero? Why yes, that is exactly what Suzanne Enoch does in her latest historical romance. After the Kiss had me enchanted. Sullivan should be the anti-hero; after all, what he is doing is not right. But yet, readers are going to sympathize with him and the struggles he has endured. Sullivan has made a name for himself, both legally through horses, and illegally through thievery. He has his motivations and as you dig into the story, you will come to see that there is more to Sullivan Waring than meets the eye.

And then there is Isabel. She confronts a burglar, perhaps not the smartest move, but it was a clever set-up for their romance. Isabel has been raised to be a proper lady, to make a good marriage, but she definitely has a will of her own that puts the values she was raised with in direct conflict with her growing love, trust, and friendship with Sullivan.

I enjoyed this romance. It is somewhat implausible and there are a few instances where the characters did not always act in the best interests of the situation, and the dialogue seemed distinctly 21st century in certain parts of the story, but all in all, it was still a scorching and tempestuous Suzanne Enoch love story. After the Kiss leaps heart first into wonderful romance!

Reviewed in June 2008 by Sarah.

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