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After the Kiss (Notorious Gentlemen Series #1)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a terrific Regency romantic mystery

    A year after being shot as an officer serving in the Peninsular War highly regarded horse breeder Sullivan Waring lives a secret life. During the day the Ton admires his work with horses at night they treat him with contempt. He does not care how they feel instead he wants what was stolen from him so in the evening he sneaks into the homes of the affluent to take back his late mother¿s paintings. ------------- However Lady Isabel Chalsey catches the notorious Mayfair Marauder in the act of thieving. He is stunned by her beauty and cannot stop himself from taking a kiss he is further shocked when she demands he train a horse for her use or she will expose him. As he falls in love, he prepares a mare for Isabel while helping her overcome her fear of horses but may not be able to overcome his own dark secrets that eat at his soul.------------- The first Notorious Gentlemen tale (Sully¿s Peninsular War buddies to follow) is a terrific Regency romantic mystery that hooks readers when the heroine going for a late snack catches the notorious gentleman removing a portrait from the wall. The story line never slows down as Lady Isabel ¿blackmails¿ the thief after a witty exchange. Readers will enjoy their antics AFTER THE KISS as Suzanne Enoch provides a superb opening act.---------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

    I loved this book and the following two books!!

    I am a new reader to the historical fiction genre and have discovered I love it! This book series was the ice breaker and I have read many more of Suzanne Enoch's books. This series is a def. must read.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    After the Kiss

    Overall, I thought this was a promising start to a new series. Sullivan and Isabel aren't the prototypical perfect hero and heroine, but (thank goodness) they exhibit *actual character development* throughout the story. Isabel is obnoxious and a little hard to stomach for the first few chapters, but she improves upon further acquaintance. Sullivan is a pretty bitter person at first, but he's started to put the worst of his issues behind him by the end of the book. And I'm kind of hoping Isabel's younger brother gets his own book at some point - he was fairly enjoyable.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Good One S. Enoch

    I really like Sullivan and Tibby was a cute heroine. This story was interesting and wasn't slow. Good read.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    The Content of His Character

    This book took the reader on Sullivan Waring's journey of self-discovery. While he sought acknowledgement from his biological father through trying to recover his inheritance, he learned that greatest acknowledgement is that which comes from ones own knowledge and appreciation of what one has made of one's life. It took the love of an unconventional young woman to open his eyes to value of who he was as a man and to give him energy enough to achieve his dream.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    A good read

    I have read all of Suzanne Enoch's novels. The first two books of this series are good, but not outstanding. The main characters are well written but they are lacking some excitement. The men in these stories are not rich, successful or titled. They are brave soldiers who return home and face hardships. They are admirable characters, but there is nothing to reform and they are not that ambitious. There is no real lesson to learn or teach. These stories are centered around revenge and correcting the past. The women are in these stories are not as independent or fiesty as her prior characters. They tend to be more subservient and they see to be waiting for life to happen to them. Suzanne Enoch can do much better...her previous books sizzle with romance and excitement. These stories are nice and I would recommend them as a read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    Sensually Thrilling New Series!

    Suzanne Enoch has a long history of writing highly entertaining and sensual Regency romances. The first book in her new Notorious Gentlemen Series is off to a great start. Sullivan Waring is the notorious gentleman in this fascinating debut. He is a handsome and self-assured man who is well sought out by every gentleman of the ton for the highly prized horses he breeds. But other than his horses, he is kept at arm¿s length out of the social circles of the aristocracy because he is the known, but unspoken of illegitimate son of the Marquis of Dunston, a well-respected member of the ton who never recognized Sullivan. Sullivan discovers further insult to injury upon his return from fighting in Spain. His mother, a talented artist, passed away while he was at war. Knowing that her paintings were to be left to her son, his illegitimate family had sold them to highly placed members of the ton, knowing as an outsider in this social circle he would never get the opportunity to enter the homes of the ton and discover where the paintings are located, nor would he have the power to purchase them back. Sullivan embarks on a plan of revenge on his father. While building his successful breeding business, he becomes the famous thief, The Mayfair Marauder, thus becoming a further embarrassment to his father and enjoying the blackmail knowing that his father would not reveal him as the thief and add further scandal to the family. With his horse business and a well-placed aristocrat friend Phineas Bromley his perfectly developed plan to re-obtain the paintings is nearly finished. Until the night he robs the home of the Marquis of Darshear. Just as he is to make his usual perfect exit, he instead finds a perfectly lovely lady in his path. To throw her off he kisses her senseless and suddenly discovers he is not only spellbound, but discovered. The lovely Isabel at first frightened, becomes enthralled and a bit devious by removing Sullivan¿s mask during the kiss. Sullivan comes to realize ¿After the Kiss¿ that the lovely and intelligent lady now has reversed his plans of revenge and blackmail back on to him. Isabel has been bored with the men in her social circles and immediately taken with this handsome and kiss stealing thief, creates a blackmail plan so that she can continue seeing him and find out more about the man behind the kiss as well as the mask. Sullivan knows now that he has met his match when he falls into Isabel¿s blackmail scheme. She promises to not to turn him in if he will allow her father to purchase one of his best horses and teach her to ride every day. Each day Sullivan jumps to Isabel¿s commands due to that special kiss that caught him in Isabel's blackmail net. A kiss that seems to draw Isabel and Sullivan to each other more than they both expected with a desire and passion that builds and becomes more sensual with each new encounter. Now that Sullivan has been uncovered and discovered by the beautiful Isabel and his revenge and blackmail have taken a reverse in this highly charged, sensual relationship, will Sullivan¿s identity be discovered? But most of all will the Marquis of Dunston ever legally recognize Sullivan as his son? The characters are interesting, enchanting and the verbal banter highly entertaining. ¿After the Kiss¿ is a well-written story containing many mysteries, secrets and highly charged sensuality. Each page is a delight making it difficult to put this book down. Ms. Enoch, already a favorite with many romance fans, is getting better and better with each book. This series is destined as a definite keeper. This reviewer is looking forward to the next book in The Notorious Gentleman Series about Sullivan¿s friend Phineas Bromley!

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