Sunday, February 17, 2013

One More Kiss by Mary Blayney + 2 Featured Freebies

One More Kiss (Pennistan, #5)
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 fiancĂ©’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.


My Rating: 1/5

I had really hoped to like this book because it sounded so wonderful. But, unfortunately, One More Kiss was not the best historical romance.


Beatrice was an okay heroine but she was so indecisive for a woman characterized as bold and reckless. When she wanted something, she went for it, but only after being agonizingly slow in making her decision. I didn't dislike her, but there wasn't anything about her to make me like her. 

Jess was much more likable. Free-spirited and witty, he brought life to the book whenever he was on the page. I was bothered by how much the other characters judged him and were simply mean to him. I lost count of how many times someone warned him under threat of bodily harm to behave himself. The man wasn't doing anything wrong. He was characterized as an irresponsible rake, but I never saw that in the book-in fact, he was trying to change-yet the other character were being really harsh to him. 

The plot was the huge problem that just ruined the book for me. It was soooooooooo slow. It took forever for anything to happen. I got bored a few times and very nearly lost interest in the book. The ending was okay, but by that point, I didn't really care what happened. 

I really hate to have to write bad reviews, so let me assure you that I don't speak lightly about my distaste for this book. I feel really bad about this, but I didn't like One More Kiss. 

*Thanks to Edelweiss and Random House Publishing Group-Bantam Dell for a copy!
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Featured Freebie:
Today, I have 2 historical romances that sound very good: The Widow's Redeemer by Philippa Jane Keyworth and The Thief and the Rogue by Rachel Donnelly. Go forth and get them for free!

1)
The Widow's RedeemerA penniless young widow with an indomitable spirit. A wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation.
London, 1815: After her husband's untimely death, Letty Burton comes up from the country with her domineering mother-in-law. Hiding a past she wishes to forget and facing an uncertain future, all she wants is to navigate London Society as a silent companion. A chance meeting with London's most eligible bachelor sets in motion a series of events that will bring her quiet life under the unfriendly scrutiny of the ton. With the net of scandal, debts, and rivals closing in, will she let her dark past dictate her life forever? Will she learn to trust again? And most importantly, will she allow herself to love?


2)
The Thief and the RogueLady Katherine Hamilton is a free spirit—a child of nature who believes in of love at first sight. However, her dreams are derailed when she breaks into the duke’s house on a mission of mercy. She becomes embroiled in a scandal, and the perfect means for the darkly brooding duke to seek retribution for the crimes against him.
Hunter’s bitterness blinds him to her innocence, as much as her beauty blinds his reasoning. To thwart his enemies and satisfy his own passionate yearnings, he forces her to marry him. He has no idea when he uses her in his plot of revenge that she’ll be the healing force his tortured soul has been searching for. Not until she becomes the target of the murderer he’s been stalking does he admit the deep and everlasting love that sets his blood afire.

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