Title: Kisses, She Wrote
Author: Katharine Ashe
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Source: Purchased eBook from Kobo
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
About the author:
In 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 Magazine, Booklist, Library 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.