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It's in His Kiss (Bridgerton Series #7)
     

It's in His Kiss (Bridgerton Series #7)

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by Julia Quinn
 

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Meet Our Hero ...

Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth's sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past .. and the key to his future. The problem is -- it's written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.

Overview

Meet Our Hero ...

Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth's sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past .. and the key to his future. The problem is -- it's written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.

Meet Our Heroine ...

All the town agreed: there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She's fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken, and according to Gareth, probably best in small doses. But there's something about her -- something charming and vexing -- that grabs him and won't quite let go ...

Meet Poor Mr. Mozart ...

Or don't. But rest assured, he's spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual -- and annually discordant -- Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth's every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other ... and that there is nothing as simple -- or as complicated -- as a single, perfect kiss.

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
This entry in Julia Quinn's bestselling Bridgerton family series is a champagne bubble of a book, brimming with wit, humor, and a wonderful romance.

In her fourth season on London's marriage mart, Hyacinth Bridgerton, far too outspoken to be universally attractive, finally gets the love she deserves. The youngest of eight siblings who were famously named in alphabetical order, Hyacinth prefers to spend her time not socializing but reading to the sharp-tongued Lady Danbury. The only man who doesn't wilt around Hyacinth is Lady Danbury's grandson, Gareth St. Clair, the possessor of a semi-scandalous reputation. When he turns up with his grandmother's diary, needing a translation from Italian, Hyacinth readily volunteers. Their efforts lead to a burglary, many kisses, and the discovery of long-held family secrets. The dialogue sparkles, and all the characters are tremendously appealing. Ginger Curwen

Publishers Weekly
Trust Quinn to deliver the most entertaining romance so far this year-and to set a high bar that other authors will have a tough time hurdling. Madcap, touching, laugh-out-loud funny and thoroughly satisfying on all emotional levels, her latest London-set historical focuses on Hyacinth, the eighth sibling in Quinn's bestselling Bridgerton family series (following When He Was Wicked). Too intelligent for her own good and best friends with Lady Danbury, one of society's most outspoken grande dames, Hyacinth is in her fourth season on London's Marriage Mart and again unimpressed by the male selection. Only Lady Danbury's handsome, pockets-to-let grandson Gareth St. Clair can hold his own in a conversation with her and sometimes even leaves her in a speechless, stomach-flipping state. When Hyacinth offers to translate the diary of Gareth's deceased Italian grandmother, the pair find themselves comparing notes, then exchanging kisses and finally burglarizing his estranged father's house at midnight. But the diary also holds secrets that could jeopardize their new love. Practically bouncing with humor, this book will keep readers happily on edge, waiting to see how the final unmarried Bridgerton will fare in Quinn's talented hands. Agent, Steve Axelrod. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060531249
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Series:
Bridgerton Series , #7
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
125,366
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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It's In His Kiss


By Julia Quinn

Avon

ISBN: 0-06-053124-X


Chapter One

Ten years have passed, and we meet our heroine, who, it must be said, has never been known as a shy and retiring flower. The scene is the annual Smythe- Smith musicale, about ten minutes before Mr. Mozart begins to rotate in his grave.

"Why do we do this to ourselves?" Hyacinth Bridgerton wondered aloud.

"Because we are good, kind people," her sister-in-law replied, sitting in - God help them - a front-row seat.

"One would think," Hyacinth persisted, regarding the empty chair next to Penelope with the same excitement she might show a sea urchin, "that we would have learned our lesson last year. Or perhaps the year before that. Or maybe even -"

"Hyacinth?" Penelope said.

Hyacinth swung her gaze to Penelope, lifting one brow in question.

"Sit."

Hyacinth sighed. But she sat.

The Smythe-Smith musicale. Thankfully, it came around just once per year, because Hyacinth was quite certain it would take a full twelve months for her ears to recover.

Hyacinth let out another sigh, this one louder than the last. "I'm not entirely certain that I'm either good or kind."

"I'm not certain, either," Penelope said, "but I have decided to have faith in you nevertheless."

"Rather sporting of you," Hyacinth said.

"I thought so."

Hyacinth glanced at her sideways. "Of course you did not have any choice in the matter."

Penelope turned in her seat, her eyes narrowing. "Meaning?"

"Colin refused to accompany you, didn't he?" Hyacinth said with a sly look. Colin was Hyacinth's brother, and he'd married Penelope a year earlier.

Penelope clamped her mouth into a firm line.

"I do love it when I am right," Hyacinth said triumphantly. "Which is fortunate, since I so often am."

Penelope just looked at her. "You do know that you are insufferable."

"Of course." Hyacinth leaned toward Penelope with a devilish smile. "But you love me, anyway, admit it." "I admit nothing until the end of the evening."

"After we have both gone deaf?"

"After we see if you behave yourself."

Hyacinth laughed. "You married into the family. You have to love me. It's a contractual obligation."

"Funny how I don't recall that in the wedding vows."

"Funny," Hyacinth returned, "I remember it perfectly." Penelope looked at her and laughed. "I don't know how you do it, Hyacinth," she said, "but exasperating as you are, you somehow always manage to be charming."

"It's my greatest gift," Hyacinth said demurely.

"Well, you do receive extra points for coming with me tonight," Penelope said, patting her on the hand.

"Of course," Hyacinth replied. "For all my insufferable ways, I am in truth the soul of kindness and amiability." And she'd have to be, she thought, as she watched the scene unfolding on the small, makeshift stage. Another year, another Smythe-Smith musicale. Another opportunity to learn just how many ways one could ruin a perfectly good piece of music. Every year Hyacinth swore she wouldn't attend, then every year she somehow found herself at the event, smiling encouragingly at the four girls on the stage.

"At least last year I got to sit in the back," Hyacinth said.

"Yes, you did," Penelope replied, turning on her with suspicious eyes. "How did you manage that? Felicity, Eloise, and I were all up front."

Hyacinth shrugged. "A well-timed visit to the ladies' retiring room. In fact -"

"Don't you dare try that tonight," Penelope warned. "If you leave me up here by myself ..."

"Don't worry," Hyacinth said with a sigh. "I am here for the duration. But," she added, pointing her finger in what her mother would surely have termed a most unladylike manner, "I want my devotion to you to be duly noted."

"Why is it," Penelope asked, "that I am left with the feeling that you are keeping score of something, and when I least expect it, you will jump out in front of me, demanding a favor?"

Hyacinth looked at her and blinked. "Why would I need to jump?"

"Ah, look," Penelope said, after staring at her sister-in-law as if she were a lunatic, "here comes Lady Danbury." "Mrs. Bridgerton," Lady Danbury said, or rather barked. "Miss Bridgerton."

"Good evening, Lady Danbury," Penelope said to the elderly countess. "We saved you a seat right in front."

Lady D narrowed her eyes and poked Penelope lightly in the ankle with her cane. "Always thinking of others, aren't you?"

"Of course," Penelope demurred. "I wouldn't dream of -"

"Ha," Lady Danbury said.

It was, Hyacinth reflected, the countess's favorite syllable. That and hmmmph.

"Move over, Hyacinth," Lady D ordered. "I'll sit between you."

Hyacinth obediently moved one chair to the left. "We were just pondering our reasons for attending," she said as Lady Danbury settled into her seat. "I for one have come up blank."

"I can't speak for you," Lady D said to Hyacinth, "but she" - at this she jerked her head toward Penelope - "is here for the same reason I am."

"For the music?" Hyacinth queried, perhaps a little too politely.

Lady Danbury turned back to Hyacinth, her face creasing into what might have been a smile. "I've always liked you, Hyacinth Bridgerton."

"I've always liked you, too," Hyacinth replied.

"I expect it is because you come and read to me from time to time," Lady Danbury said.

"Every week," Hyacinth reminded her.

"Time to time, every week ... pfft." Lady Danbury's hand cut a dismissive wave through the air. "It's all the same if you're not making it a daily endeavor."

Hyacinth judged it best not to speak. Lady D would surely find some way to twist her words into a promise to visit every afternoon.

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

Julia Quinn is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels for Avon Books, and one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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It's in His Kiss (Bridgerton Series #7) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 183 reviews.
M0M0 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed how there was no major conflict in the book. Sometimes I just like to read and I don't always need a crazy villain thrown into the mix. Just a little bit of mischief is good for me.
carriesplace More than 1 year ago
I love this series of books by Julia Quinn..They have the balance of intrigue, romance with a little sizzle thrown in. The Characters are so likable and human that I immerse my self in this story and come out with a smile.. This is a story of a man who is compelled and attracted to a girl for more than her looks..When they kiss there is a tingle, a spark of heat they both feel..the story continues on with these two sneaking out to find a treasure against all of societies boundaries. . When the auhtor talks about his kiss I am there and it is exciting.. isnt that what a good book is for?? I LOVE IT..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite of the series. Perfect, perfect, perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many books by Julia and Her brigerton series is my favorite series that she does! This book it yet another one of the wonderful series. Read it you can't go wrong. If you haven't read any of the other books in the series I would highly recommend reading the others first you will enjoy it so much more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Each of the Bridgertons stories are wonderful. I could not put any of them down, ordered them all in hardback, and will love them forever. My only piece of advice, read them in order...you gain so much more enjoyment and laughter when you do. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
AFTER A DISAPPOINTING 'WHEN HE WAS WICKED' I HOPED THIS NEW BOOK WAS IN KEEPING WITH QUINN'S USUAL WONDERFUL WRITING. AND IT WAS!! IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A STEAMY READ YOU WON'T FIND IT-THIS WRITER-ON A SENSUAL SCALE OF 1-10 BARELY EVER BREAKS A SWEAT WITH A 5 AND SO IT IS WITH THIS BOOK. BUT THE ROMANTIC INTERLUDES ARE MORE THAN SUITABLE FOR THE STORYLINE. THIS IS ALSO NOT A RIB TICKLER AS SOME OF HER BOOKS ARE BUT THERE ARE MORE THAN A FEW SMILES FOR ALL. HYACINTH IS NOT YOUR SIMPERING-EYES DOWNCAST FEMALE OF THE TON. GARETH EVOKES SYMPATHY WITHOUT WHINING ABOUT HIS 'SITUATION' TO HYACINTH-HER FAMILY AND THE READER. IT IS NICE TO VISIT WITH THE EXTENDED BRIDGERTON FAMILY AGAIN AND LOOKING FORWARD TO GREGORY'S STORY-THE LAST OF THE BRIDGERTON CHILDREN. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME THE ARTIST'S RENDITION OF THE MAIN COUPLE ACTUALLY FITS THE AUTHOR'S DESCRIPTION-A NICE LITTLE TOUCH I WISH ALL ROMANCE BOOKS WOULD SEE TO. DO NOT--I REPEAT--DO NOT READ THE LAST PAGE OF THIS BOOK FIRST-IT WILL SPOIL THE WHOLE BOOK FOR YOU.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading Julia Quinn's 'When He Was Wicked', I couldn't wait for Quinn's next book. I was so happy seeing 'It's In His Kiss' at the bookstore that I bought it immediately. However I was really disappointed with the storyline. Sure there were witty and funny dialogue in the story however it lacked the special spark that drives one to continue reading the book. The banters between the main characters became boring and tedious. I hope Julia Quinn's next book will keep to the tradition of 'When He Was Wicked'.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1815, his father orders Gareth St. Clair to marry Mary Winthrop as the family needs the money from her dowry. He is stunned because Mary may be a year older than him, but no more than just a child in her mind. He refuses so his sire tosses him out while explaining he is not his son as someone else is his biological father. Stunned, Gareth vows to learn the truth about his roots............... Ten years later Gareth finally has a clue, the diary of his Italian grandmother. He asks intelligent linguist Hyacinth Bridgerton to translate it into English for him. As they work together on the translation and interpretation, they fall in love, but someone willing to kill wants to stop them before secrets surface.......................... Fans of the wonderful Bridgerton tales have watched Hyacinth grow up but remain consistent personality wise from her first appearance as a child through the romantic capers of her six siblings until finally her story is told. The seventh and final Regency of this generation siblings is a terrific entry, one of the best if not the best in this strong line as the audience has waited to see who can match up with the brilliant assertive Hyacinth. Readers will not be disappointed with Gareth as Julia Quinn delivers under extreme pressure to find the right hero................ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books in the Bridgerton series!  
Solstice-Ballad1 More than 1 year ago
The Bridgertons are always a hoot. Hyacinth and Lady Danbury are great. Gareth was interesting. The Bridgertons, as always, very fun!
VictoriaVJ More than 1 year ago
This Book will make you cry if you are new to ramance novels and if you are a die hard romancer you will not be able to put it down. It is touching and one to keep
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Julia Quinn never ceases to amaze me. Great read
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skelley55 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Hyacinth's story. She can be a bit much but I would think the youngest of 8 would have to be. Anyway, Gareth is a sensual delight. This is a wonderful series.
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My favorite Julia Quinn novel (and that's saying something!) I loved Hyacinth and I loved her and Gareth together, highly recommended.
maria1213 More than 1 year ago
I loved it.  It was funny, and amazing you would love this book and how it ended its one of the best book ever.
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