Review: Kisses, She Wrote by Katharine Ashe

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Title: Kisses, She Wrote

Author: Katharine Ashe

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Release Date: December 3, 2013

Source: Purchased eBook from Kobo

From Goodreads:

Christmas in town has never been so steamy . . .

Handsome as sin and scandalously rakish, Cam Westfall, the Earl of Bedwyr, is every young lady’s wickedest dream. Shy wallflower Princess Jacqueline of Sensaire knows this better than anyone, because her dreams are full of the breathtaking earl’s kisses. And not only her dreams—her diary, too.

But when Cam discovers the maiden’s not-so-maidenly diary, will her wildest Christmas wishes be fulfilled in its pages . . . or in his arms?

I would have loved to spend more time with Cam and Jacqueline. It seemed a shame to have only a novella-length story for them because they’re such interesting characters. Nevertheless, Katharine Ashe gives us their charming road to happily-ever-after filled with not-so-innocent diary entries, a man driven to lust and love by the written words, and poetry as a gift of affection and love.

I haven’t read the first book in the Prince Catchers series and this novella is set in a parallel timeline with that first book. Cam, the Earl of Bedwyr, is staying as a guest at the Comte de Rallis’ Chateau in France where he discovers the diary that belongs to the Princess of Sensaire, Jacqueline. He is intrigued, to say the least, as he reads on and discover that he is much what the diary is about. The Princess not only writes her impressions of him in reality but her fantasies that involved him as well. And let’s just say that they are far from innocent fantasies and this has Cam addicted to reading the diary every time he can.

Jacqueline is the poster child for a woman who lives to fulfill the responsibility of her position in society. As the Princess of Sensaire, she must marry well and help secure allies for her country and her family. She never counted on the dashing Earl of Bedwyr but once she saw him, she could not help herself nor the feelings that are drawn out from her by his presence. She started writing her diary entries with him as the topic and her thoughts slowly turned from reality to what-might-be’s as she pens her fantasies in her diary.

I like that the diary is only the vehicle and not the actual precipitous thing that brings them together. Cam, when he read the entries in the diary began to see another side of Jacqueline. Reading the diary helped him see behind the outside veneer that Jacqueline shows to the rest of the world. Jacqueline, on the other hand, considers herself plain and uninteresting especially when compared with the other women in her social orbit. But her writing her thoughts and fantasies in her diary worked as a kind of therapeutic and healing exercise from which she gains more confidence to show other people, especially Cam, how she truly is as a person. I think the diary was liberating for the both of them.

Plus, I do love that both our hero and heroine are writers. Cam, surprisingly, turns out to be a poet and it was so sweet that his Muse returns to him after he was inspired reading Jacqueline’s description of him in her diary entries. I enjoyed the ending. It consists of the unconventional and I love unconventionality in books especially historical romances.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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About the author:

katharine asheIn 2012 Amazon chose Katharine’s How To Be a Proper Lady as one of the Ten Best Romances of the Year. Upon the publication of her debut in 2010, the American Library Association named Katharine among its “New Stars of Historical Romance”. She is a two-time nominee and 2011 winner of the Reviewers’ Choice Awards for Best Historical Romantic Adventure, and her novella A Lady’s Wish launched HarperCollins Publishers’ Avon Impulse imprint in 2011. Her books have been recommended by Woman’s World MagazineBooklistLibrary Journal, Barnes & Noble, theSan Francisco & Sacramento Book Review, Durham County Libraries, and the Library of Virginia

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European history, she has made her home in California, Italy, France, and the northern US. She adores hearing from readers.

Learn more about Katherine Ashe via her Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition (8)

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Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition is a meme hosted by Tin @ Love Saves the World and Mary @ Buried Under Romance where you get to feature historical romance novels published before October 3, 2008.

Visit Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading and check out her pick for the week as well.

This week, I’m featuring Judith McNaught.

 

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Until You, published in 1995

 

From Goodreads:

A teacher in a school for wealthy young ladies, Sheridan Bromleigh is hired to accompany one of her students, heiress Charise Lancaster, to England to meet her fiancé. When her charge elopes with a stranger, Sheridan wonders how she will ever explain it to Charise’s intended, Lord Burleton.

 
Standing on the pier, Stephen Westmoreland, the Earl of Langford, assumes the young woman coming toward him is Charise Lancaster — and informs her of his inadvertent role in a fatal accident involving Lord Burleton the night before. And just as Sheridan is about to speak, she steps into the path of a cargo net loaded with crates!

 
Sheridan awakens in Westmoreland’s mansion with no memory of who she is; the only hint of her past is the puzzling fact that everyone calls her Miss Lancaster. All she truly knows is that she is falling in love with a handsome English earl, and that the life unfolding before her seems full of wondrous possibilities…

 

 

Oh, Judith McNaught just slays me with her books. This is one of my favorites out of all her books. The story will make you swoon and not because of a crate that got dropped on your head. Stephen Westmoreland is one of the earliest heroes I’ve read and I just love him. I may have cursed at him a couple of times in the book (LoL) but I love him just the same. He is not without faults and is far from being perfect but his love makes him so near to that ideal. There were heartbreaking parts but this book still remains as one of the most romantic stories I’ve read. Period.

 

 

Find out more about Judith McNaught via her Website and Facebook.

Also, here‘s a site that’s dedicated to Judith McNaught and her books and they have recent news about the next projects lined up by Ms. McNaught. And guest what? Her next books will feature the American descendants of the Westmoreland dynasty.

 

 

Check out fellow TBT: HR edition participants for their picks for the week.

Renee @ Addicted to Romance & Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

 

 

 

Thursday Quotables (3)

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Thursday Quotables is a weekly meme hosted at Bookshelf Fantasies. You choose a quote from your latest book read for the week. It can be a quote that made smile or laugh, had you crying, or just interesting in general.

This week, I quote from Laura Florand‘s, The Chocolate Rose.

And now—she had reached one of those slim hands of hers into him and closed it around his heart.

And she just held it there. How was he supposed to move around, continue to live calmly and strongly, while someone was squeezing his heart like that? He was afraid if he got up too fast from the café table or walked too quickly and outpaced her, it would get ripped right out of his body.

And it was hard to walk as slowly as she did. He supposed she had a nice long stride for someone her size. But he was used to consuming his day in a blur of speed.

Now he was getting ridiculous. She couldn’t literally rip his heart right out of his body if he made the wrong move.

 

 

17787183I’ll confess that I skipped this book and jumped straight to The Chocolate Touch after reading The Chocolate Kiss because I was so eager to read Dominique’s story. And now, while waiting for my copy of Laura Florand’s latest literary concoction, I started reading the book that I had skipped. And as always, Laura Florand’s writing leaves me breathless. She doesn’t shy away from making her heroes emotional at times, with their thoughts and in their words. And Gabriel Delange was no exception.

 

I love the quote above because the imagery it creates for me is so powerful and so wonderful especially in the context of the story.

 

What do you guys think about this quote?