Saturday, November 24, 2012

Libertine's Kiss by Judith James + Featured Freebies

Libertine's Kiss
Abandoned by his cavalier father at a young age, William de Veres grew up knowing precious little happiness. But William has put the past firmly behind him and as a military hero and noted rake, he rises fast in the ranks of the hedonistic Restoration court. Though not before he is forced to seek shelter from a charming young Puritan woman...

The civil wars have cost the once-high-spirited Elizabeth Walters her best friend and her father, leaving her unprotected and alone. She flees an unwanted marriage, seeking safe haven, but what she finds is something she never expected. When her kindness and her beauty bring her to the attention of William, and then the king, she will have a choice to make. After all, can a notorious libertine really be capable of love?


My rating: 5/5


Libertine's Kiss was not what I expected it to be. But in a good way. It was a pleasant surprise.

The story idea itself is interesting to me. I find a lot of Regency and Medieval romances, but the Restoration period is less covered within the genre. So, this book already had a unique point to get me interested. Then, though it doesn't mention it in the summary, we have a "best-friends to lovers" story, which I absolutely adore in any romance setting. Put those together and you have a recipe for my perfect book.

Elizabeth was an admirable heroine. Despite the fact that she lost everything, literally everything, she still stayed strong and fought to regain what she lost. That itself quickly won my respect for the character. When she goes to court to petition for her land, she is regarded with contempt at first, but doesn't let that get her down. Instead, she transforms herself into the darling of the court. I can honestly say nothing bad about Elizabeth. She was just a wonderful lead.

William wasn't as easy to pinpoint. Not that I didn't like him. I adored the charmer. But he had a serious chip in his shoulder. A few times, that got very close to bothering me, but, in the end, I couldn't fault him. He has a serious horror in his past that has driven him since its happening. I suspected it quite early on, so that kept me from being bothered when he lashed out. And, how could I possibly be irritated when he's such a charmer? Not only was he charming, but he was also incredibly sweet when he wanted to be and supportive of Elizabeth's goal. 

He and Elizabeth were an adorable couple. We get a few scenes from their childhood and from the very beginning, they were the sweetest pair. William makes a comment at some point in the book that Elizabeth was the one light in his childhood, the only reason that he could have had to stay instead of going to war. Doesn't that just touch your heart? And, as adults, that sweetness gets tempered with some HOT spiciness. Their first time together occurs within the first couple of chapters and that heat only fires up more throughout the rest of the book. So, if you like some spiciness in your romance, this book has it for you ;)

The plot of the book was fast paced and kept me interested the whole time. The ending was SO sweet, it just had me smiling. I was so happy for the couple's happy ending after all the trials they went through. 

Libertine's Kiss is an excellent book. Any romance lover, you should definitely read this.
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