Title: One More Kiss
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Mary Blayney
Publisher: Random House, Bantam, Apr. 30, 2013
Source: For review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 4
Description from amazon.com:
Dispatched by their ambitious father to snag a titled husband, Beatrice Brent and her twin sister, Cecilia, attend a house party with an array of eligible gentlemen. Defiantly ignoring her father’s wishes, Beatrice flirts shamelessly with Lord Jessup Pennistan, a gamer with scandal in his past—and the one man her father has warned her against. But when flirting goes too far, Beatrice suddenly finds herself engaged and, worse, estranged from her family. Though convinced that her fiancé’s wicked ways will bring nothing but heartache, Beatrice is powerless against Jess’s masterful seduction and the anticipated delights of the marriage bed.
A gambling man who has lost more than his family is willing to forgive him for, Jess quickly realizes that compromising Beatrice was the best mistake he ever made. But to keep her he must right the wrongs of the past, reclaim his lost fortunes, and place the boldest wager of his life. For now he has everything to win . . . and everything to lose.
This entire novel takes place at a two week country house party. This is a house party I think we all would like to attend since there are fun entertainments every day. Beatrice and Cecilia are about to embark on their first Season in London and are to use the house party to capture a titled husband or to at least learn how to fend off the rakes. It doesn’t take the reader long to figure out that the rakes are probably better husband material than the two-faced “suitable” gentleman.
This is Ms Blayney’s latest addition to her series of the Penniston Family. A very interesting read from a creative author. There is danger and intrigue thrown into the festivities of the house party and it keeps the reader turning pages to see if the outcome will be what we hope for or what is destined, or if they are one and the same. The characters are likable and well drawn and although the young ladies are innocents they are never silly. There is an aura of inevitability in the romances, as if the couples were all enveloped in a magic spell from which they neither can extricate themselves nor do they wish to do so. This is a stand alone novel with some references to characters from earlier books in the series. I recommend this book for a delightful read.
The Penniston Family Series:
1. Traitor’s Kiss
2. Lover’s Kiss
3. Stranger’s Kiss
4. Coutesan’s Kiss
5. One More Kiss