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[(Courtesan's Kiss)] [by: Mary Blayney] (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 19. November 2010

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Courtesan's Kiss Blayney delivers an irresistible new Regency novel featuring the Pennistan family. An independent woman is determined to make her way in the world--even if it's a scandalous one. But first she must escape a nobleman with plans of his own. Original. Full description

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Falls short of what I had hoped.... 3. März 2011
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This book is the first I've read by the author, and it doesn't quite live up to the expectations created by the back cover blurb.

The basic problem with a romance to begin with is that the whole time you're reading it, you're already anticipating the happily-ever-after at the end. There isn't usually much ambiguity about who the heroine will end up with at the end of the story.... So the tension has to come from somewhere else. Unfortunately, in this book, I didn't find much of that desired tension.

There are definitely some good points - namely Mia, the heroine herself. She's not inclined to be pushed around; she's optimistic, searching for all the enjoyment she can find in life, and a very well-fleshed character. One of the best aspects to the book was watching her tease and torment David, the hero. At the beginning of the book, she's already escaped from one short-lived engagement and is eagerly anticipating her path to independence. Unfortunately, aside from one funny scene (where she attempts to contort her body into the poses depicted in a pillow book) it's very hard to believe in her plans as anything more than idle speculation - and therefore, they're never any real obstacle to the HEA developing.

Likewise for David's plans to build a mill, the quarantine they endure in fear of smallpox, the disapproval of Mia's 'foster' family, and anything else that might have added some much-needed tension to the story. The hero is so cold and stand-offish for most of the book that it's hard to understand what such a vibrant person as Mia might find attractive in him at all. He doesn't believe in or encourage her plans, doesn't appreciate her personality, and spends a great deal of time trying to make her be quiet - stop arguing, stop singing, stop being such a presence around him. He finally shows a few sparks of passion in her defense towards the end of the book, but for me it was too little, too late.
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...entertaining, witty, and heartwarming adventure! 19. Mai 2011
Von bookworm2bookworm - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
I reviewed this for Romance Reader At Heart website.


COURTESAN'S KISS is a fourth installment of the Pennistan Family series. TRAITOR'S KISS/LOVER'S KISS and STRANGER'S KISS are the previous ones that I highly recommend you read first. As much as this book stands on its own, I was glad to have read the other stories first.

We meet Mia Castellano, our heroine in STRANGER'S KISS, and we just know that this beautiful and headstrong young lady will be more than a handful for our hero, David Pennistan.

From the first paragraph of this book, we know we're in for an entertaining ride:

"'No is the most valuable word in the English language.' Mia Castellano raised two fingers to her mouth and tried to think of someplace, anyplace on earth, where women were as powerful as men. `Indeed, no is the most valuable word in any language.'"

Naturally, those words come back to bite her. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the antics of this girl. Ms. Blayney has written the character of Mia so well that she jumped off the pages. I loved her enthusiasm, her quirky personality. From the beginning, we knew that her fiancée was no match for her, that she needed someone who would accept her as she is and not subdue her lively personality. I was relieved when she broke of her engagement and thrown in with David Pennistan. As the two embark on a journey to his family's home, where her guardian and his sister-in-law Elena resides, we're treated to an adventure our protagonists will never forget.

En route an illness strikes, and our hero is quarantined with Mia. Time spent together in closed quarters gives these two a closer look at each other and an opportunity to get much closer than either thought possible. However, the reality hits them both that without a chaperone, Mia's reputation is in tatters unless David marries her. Her fascination with David doesn't stop her for thinking him too domineering and too serious for her. Mia's worries aren't so much for her reputation, but for her freedom. This naïve girl thinks the life of a courtesan might suit her better than a wife to David.

Lord David Pennistan is not a happy man now that he's basically ordered to escort this naïve, spoiled, and impetuous girl. He has a lot on his mind, and he doesn't need any distractions. He's mind and his heart is on how to present his newest venture (a steam powered mill) to his brother, so that he can get the financing for it.

It's quite rare to read of a character in romance novels of Lord David Pennistan's caliber. He had big dreams for himself, and he wasn't going to let those dreams get away. This was the beginning of the industrial revolution, and David needed to be a part of it. Our hero was a serious individual who had serious things on his mind. Building a cotton factory, steam engines, offering jobs and housing to veterans and their families, are just a few of the ambitions that drove this man. He didn't need this slip of a girl and her antics. Ms. Blayney however, thought he did, so she gave him Mia, a vibrant and charming young woman that brought out the best in him. It was highly entertaining to watch Mia and David slowly warm up to each other and realize what we all knew from the beginning of their adventure.

With this unlikely pair and a well-rounded supporting cast, COURTESAN'S KISS is best described as an entertaining, witty, and heartwarming adventure. I highly recommend it.

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terrific Regency romance 26. Juni 2010
Von Harriet Klausner - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
In 1819, the fickle Ton blames Mia Castellano for her broken engagement although her fiancé is totally at fault; logic never intrudes on the gossip. Surprisingly, she finds being ostracized as liberating as being able to say no. Mia wants the freedom to choose her lovers and declaring no to those she does not desire. Her only way to achieve total freedom is as a courtesan.

His brother the Duke of Meryon (see Stranger's Kiss) has asked Lord David Pennistan to escort Mia to see his wife, her guardian, in Derbyshire. Along the journey, trouble is the norm for the pair, but the most troublesome is their growing attraction that neither wants. When they end up compromised he offers marriage, she rejects him. David must persuade Mia he loves her and marriage will free her even more than being a fallen woman.

The forth "Kiss" Pennistan Regency romance (see Traitor's Kiss and Lover's Kiss) is a terrific entry. The table is set early as Mia makes it clear to her escort what her future is. Although the theme of a woman struggling between love and independence is not new, Mary Blayney uses the courtesan role as a fresh liberator that focuses on how limited female choices were amidst the aristocracy.

Harriet Klausner
Bk 3 Pennistan Great Read 21. November 2014
Von Jennifer Essary - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I stumbled onto Mary Blayney's works by collecting J.D. Robb books including the novellas. Mary Blayney was one of the authors and I enjoyed her novella enough to look her up online. Since that time, I collected the Pennistan series which I thoroughly enjoyed. When I ordered True Colors, I also ordered the Braedon series (the first three on Kindle). I can honestly say that if you like Nora Roberts (J.D. Robb too), Mary Balough, Linda Howard, Linda Jones, Julie Garwood, Jane Feather, Lauren Willig and others who write about romance and historical romance, you will enjoy this book and any others by her. You know the true gift of an author is to make you read the last line and smile, knowing it ended well and there is a happily after. If you happen to be reading a series, you get to anticipate the next book. Since the Pennistan and Braedon series were written several years ago, I was able to collect all at one time. That's even better.
I love to read this author 3. Juli 2014
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Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I love to read this author. I do not go into detail about books, because you either like them or you don't. I have read some that very bad feedback and enjoyed the book. Some that great feedback and I couldn't finish the book.
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