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  • Posted May 8, 2013

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    Memorable Characters in an Emotionally Conflicted Storyline

    With its nomination from Romantic Times Magazine as Best Historical, it's not surprising that this book was an enthralling read from start to finish. With a setting not often depicted in books, Kissed sets itself apart from other historical reads and keeps you immersed in its emotional ups and downs and guessing until the final page due to its numerous twists and turns.

    Upon first being introduced to Christian it's hard to see him as the hero. There's a request to hire him and have him turn on the woman he's professed to love in the past. From this moment on the road to redemption and a HEA is going to be a rocky one with the line between good and bad a finely drawn one. Christian is a dark character who's been through a lot of emotional turmoil courtesy of a jealous sibling. He's not always done the right thing but upon seeing his lost love Jessie again he wants desperately to be a better man and if anyone can help him do that it's Jessie.

    Jessie too has a sibling who will do anything to get what he wants, and what he wants is for her to marry a man of his choosing. She's still in love with Christian though, no matter how hurt she was over their separation she still longs to be with him. She's shed copious amounts of tears over him in the past and will shed more as the story progresses. While I applaud her loyalty there were times I became frustrated by her weepiness and desperately wanted her to get a stronger backbone in regards to the actions done to her. Her undying love and support though is what Christian needs to pull him out of the darkness towards a hard fought but immensely satisfying HEA.

    Their times together reek of sexual tension. There's always a sense of foreboding as well, especially with so many and so much going against them which makes their sexual interludes all the more satisfying. Along with a satisfying romance comes numerous twists and turns where no one is as they appear. This keeps you on the edge of your seat guessing until the end while rooting for Christian and Jessie every step of the way. The secondary characters leave a lasting impression as well as their actions add another layer of twists and turns to an already emotionally draining story. From beginning to end Ms. Crosby has created a story with all the elements romance readers have come to expect from her and Kissed is yet another winner in her already long list of successes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

    I have to say that I was quite intrigued during the first portio

    I have to say that I was quite intrigued during the first portion of the book. And even somewhat into the second portion. Yes, it was fairly typical Regency romance, but there were some interesting little twists. And half of the story takes place in the American colonies. Jessie was a headstrong character, but she was liable enough--quite naive to be sure. I wasn't too keen on Christian, especially during the second half of the book. He seemed to be too proud and sure of himself. I appreciated the humor in the book, and the actual writing of the book was very well done. I think this book had the makings of being a cut above the mediocre Regency romances.

    Unfortunately, I found that the second half of the book was somewhat of a disappointment. There was a lot of profanity in the book--I can deal with that to a degree. But the bedroom scenes were way too long and involved, in my opinion. I struggle when the bedroom scenes begin to take over pages and pages of the story. And I felt like Jessie and Christian should have been able to stay out of bed more than they did. They seemed to find themselves wrapped up in each other at the most inopportune times. I found it somewhat unrealistic. Now, I know that is why many love to read these books. I just needed a little more substance, but again, that is only my opinion. Just understand that I am not marking down the book because the elements I listed were in the book. Mainly, I would have preferred a little more action outside of the bedroom, but that is just me.

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    If you have read the Highlander Set and love Tanya you cannot go

    If you have read the Highlander Set and love Tanya you cannot go wrong!  This book was absolutely wonderful with aexcellent plot,  wonderful secondary characters and a fab HEA!!!! 
    I DON'T like to tell the story I've just delighted in to would be readers(everyone prefers a different amount of pre-read info) but i will say that it is well worth the money!  I stayed up all night reading!

    Buy it in the four irresistable rogue bundle if you are like me and read constantly!  Thank God my 4 children are almost grown or authors like Tanya and my Nook could get me in quite a bit of trouble!!!!!

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