Tony Sinclair is the younger son and now that his older brother Benedict (What an Earl Wants) is back to take over the running of the family estate he’s without any plans for the future. With no obvious talents he looks to his friends for help. All of them seem to be doing well with the ladies, so he decides to become a rake by imitating all their moves. His first "victim" is the young widow Sylvia Montgomery. And the price is he pays is painful. Knocked unconscious by her band of smugglers, he’s forced to rescue their damsel in distress by pretending to be her new husband. So instead of playing the rake he’s acting the hero. Something he is – to his surprise – very good at.
Shirley Karr’s second release comes with a very decisive heroine and a hero who finds his calling in an unlikely place. Tony might not be the greatest seducer, but he has heart of gold. And as the author planned, visualizing Johnny Depp as the inspiration for her hero doesn’t hurt. It’s the well-drawn and lovable characters that hold together the story. In trying to be someone they are not they find the one that loves them for who they are. Kiss from a Rogue is not a book with unique or scorching scenes, but one which allows for an entertaining afternoon. It has a quiet quality to it, it’s charming, funny and heart-warming. More stories from this talented author are very welcome.