Kiss an Angel

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How did pretty, flighty Daisy Devreaux find herself in this fix? She can either go to jail or marry the mystery man her father has chosen for her. Alex Markov, however, has no intention of playing the loving bridegroom to a spoiled little featherhead with champagne tastes. As humorless as he is deadly handsome, he drags the irrepressible Daisy away from her uptown life and sets out to tame her.

Except it won't be as easy as he thinks. This man without a soul has met a woman ...

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Overview

How did pretty, flighty Daisy Devreaux find herself in this fix? She can either go to jail or marry the mystery man her father has chosen for her. Alex Markov, however, has no intention of playing the loving bridegroom to a spoiled little featherhead with champagne tastes. As humorless as he is deadly handsome, he drags the irrepressible Daisy away from her uptown life and sets out to tame her.

Except it won't be as easy as he thinks. This man without a soul has met a woman who's nothing but heart. Will vows spoken in haste shatter . . . or offer the promise of love everlasting?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers who have enjoyed Phillips's writing in the past (Heaven, Texas) will be disappointed by her latest contemporary. In dire straits as a result of her irresponsible lifestyle, Daisy Devreaux is given an ultimatum by her outraged father-jail or an arranged marriage to Alex Markov, a broodingly handsome Russian handpicked by her father to teach Daisy the error of her ways. It's a thin plot that's kept going by a superabundance of sex. In better outings, Phillips's razor sharp wit might keeps things afloat, but there is nothing funny in the mean-spirited and abusive hero. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380782338
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 219,961
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Elizabeth Phillips has found fans all over the world with her warm and wonderful contemporary love stories that manage to touch both hearts and funny bones. She's the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Favorite Book of the Year and was also honored with their Lifetime Achievement Award. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is a wife, the mother of two grown sons, an avid hiker, and—unlike some of her characters—notoriously inept at any sport requiring a ball.

Biography

Susan Elizabeth Phillips believes if Jane Austen were writing today, novels like Pride and Prejudice would be sitting on the bookshelf alongside the love stories that she and her fellow romance novelists pen. "Oh, and one more thing," she said, wagging her finger at a Chicago Tribune reporter in 1999, "Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy should have kissed at the end of that story, and if I'd have written it, they would have -- and it would have been a good kiss, too."

Such sass is Phillips' calling card, and since her 1994 football romance It Had to Be You, she’s been stitching threads of humor into her romance novels.

"I'm not a particularly funny person in person. I can't tell jokes, but it just seems like it happened when I started to write," she told The Romance Reader in 1997. "It wasn't anything that was planned. I'm a very intuitive writer; I just sort of let the characters talk to me, and they started saying funny things, so I wrote them down."

A schoolteacher until her first son was born, Phillips began writing in the early 1980s with her best friend and neighbor. The two were both regular readers and decided to try their hand at a book of their own, plotting their story during nightly bike rides with their toddlers in tow. They got the name of a publisher at Dell who liked the book and published it under the pen name Justine Cole.

Her friend moved into a legal career, but Phillips continued writing and publishing, this time under her own name. She released what she calls her "big books," titles like Fancy Pants and Honey Moon featuring Hollywood starlets and jet-setting London socialites.

Her stories, she has said, moved outside of the mainstream after that. She gives her romantic characters emotional wounds and personal difficulties that often impede their inevitable happy endings. But without such obstacles, there would be no story.

"I've grown increasingly interested in writing about family dynamics and much less interested in sticking a psychopath with a gun in any of my books," she said in an interview with the web site iVillage. "Technically, I've simply learned how to capitalize on my own distinctive voice and how to be a better storyteller."

The healing process that the characters go through is what makes the novels work. "Creative plotting adds sparkle, and entertaining, well-drawn secondary characters round out the novel, but it is the growing, healing relationship between the protagonists and how they finally form a family that touches the heartstrings and makes this contemporary romance an unforgettable read," the Library Journal wrote in a review of Phillips' 2000 book First Lady.

The dialogue, she has said, is also important. The exchanges in romance novels are satisfying to women who love to communicate, she told USA Today. "Women really like to talk. That's one of our processes. We talk to gather information. Women love the connection that comes from conversation," she said. "My husband says we broadcast. He thinks through things before he talks, but he says women just kind of broadcast until they zero in on what they want to say."

Phillips has also disputed the notion that romance novels are nothing more than books about "throbbing thighs." They aren't about sex, she told the Chicago Tribune in 1992, but are instead complicated fictions about women taking charge of their lives and being the stories' heroes.

"The woman always wins the man," she said, "and he always gets tamed in the end."

Good To Know

Phillips wanted to publish her first novel under the pseudonym Chastity Savage, but her best friend and co-author nixed the idea.

Though two of her books -- It Had to Be You and This Heart of Mine -- have football plots, Phillips doesn't consider herself much of a sports fan. "In my mind, if you don't have to wear mascara to do it, it doesn't count as recreation," she told Book Page.

Her family helps her keep the details straight. Husband Bill was her technical adviser on describing Dallie Beaudine's golf game in Fancy Pants, and son Zach's interest in knives, guns, and dead insects surfaced in Teddy, the son of the novel's leading lady. He also wrote and recorded a companion CD to her title This Heart of Mine, which is available from her web site.

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Chapter One

Daisy Devreaux had forgotten her bridegroom's name.

"I, Theodosia, take thee..."

She caught her bottom lip between her teeth. Her father had introduced them several days ago, that terrible morning the three of them had gone to get the marriage license, and she'd heard the name then. Right afterward the man had disappeared, and she hadn't seen him again until a few minutes ago when she'd walked down the staircase of her father's Central Park West duplex into the living room where this makeshift midmorning wedding ceremony was taking place.

Her father stood behind her, and Daisy could almost feel him vibrating with disapproval, but his disapproval was nothing new. He'd been disappointed with her even before she was born, and no matter how hard she'd tried, she'd never been able to get him to change his mind.

She risked a sideways peek at this bridegroom her father's money had bought for her. A studinuffin. A very scary studmuffin with his towering height, lean, whipcord build, and those eerie amber eyes. Her mother would have loved him.

When Lani Devreaux had died in a yacht fire last year, she'd been in the arms of a twenty-four-year-old rock star. Daisy had finally reached the point where she could think about her mother without pain, and she smiled to herself as she realized that the man standing at her side would have been too old for her mother. He looked to be in his mid-thirties, and Lani had usually drawn the line at twenty-nine. His hair was so dark it was nearly black, and those chiseled features might have made his face too pretty if it weren't for his strong jaw, not to mention that intimidating scowl. Menwith such brutal good looks had appealed to Lani, but Daisy preferred older, more conservative types. Not for the first time since the ceremony had begun did she wish her father had picked someone less intimidating.

She tried to steady her nerves by reminding herself that she wasn't going to have to spend more than a few hours in her new husband's company. As soon as she had a chance to tell him her plan, this would all be over. Unfortunately, her plan also meant breaking the sacred marriage vows she was getting ready to take, and since she wasn't the sort of person who could take a vow lightly-especially a marriage vow-she suspected her guilty conscience had induced the memory block,

She started over again, hoping the name would poke through her mental barrier. "I, Theodosia, take thee.

Once again her voice trailed off.

Her bridegroom didn't even spare her a glance, let alone try to help her. He stared straight ahead, and the uncompromising lines of that hard profile made her skin prickle. He'd just spoken his own vows, so he must have mentioned his name, but the lack of inflection in his voice had escalated her emotional tailspin, and she hadn't taken it in.

"Alexander," her father spit out from behind her, and Daisy could tell by the sound of his voice that he was clenching his teeth again. For a man who had been one of the United States' foremost diplomats, he certainly didn't have much patience with her.

She dug her nails into her palms and told herself she had no choice. "I, Theodosia..." She gulped for air. "...take thee Alexander..." She gulped again. to be my awful wedded husband..."

It wasn't until she heard her stepmother, Amelia, gasp that she realized what she'd said.

The studmuffin turned his head and looked down at her.

He cocked one dark brow in a vaguely inquisitive fashion, as if he wasn't certain he'd heard her correctly. My awful wedded husband. Her sense of humor kicked in, and she felt the comers of her mouth quiver.

His brows slammed together and those deep-set eyes regarded her without a speck of amusement. Obviously the studmuffin didn't share her problem with inappropriate levity.

Swallowing the small bubble of hysteria that was rising inside her, she plunged on without correcting herself. At least that one part of her vows would be honest because he was certainly an awful husband for her. At that moment her mental block finally evaporated and his last name leaped into her mind. Markov. Alexander Markov. He was another of her father's Russians.

As a former ambassador to the Soviet Union, her father, Max Petroff, had close ties with the Russian community, both here and abroad. His passion for his ancestral homeland was even reflected in the decor of the room where they stood, with its bold blue walls, so common in that country's residential architecture; yellow-tiled stove; and multicolored kilim rug. To her left, a walnut cabinet held vases of Russian cobalt as well as crystal and porcelain pieces from the Imperial Works in St. Petersburg. The furniture was a mixture of art deco and eighteenth century that somehow worked.

Her bridegroom's large hand lifted her own much smaller one, and she felt its strength as he shoved a plain gold band on her finger.

"With this ring, I thee wed," he said in a stern, uncompromising voice.

She gazed at the simple band with momentary confusion. For as long as she could remember, she'd indulged in what her mother Lani had called a "bourgeois fantasy of love and marriage," and she'd never imagined anything like this.

"...the power vested in me by the state of New York, I now pronounce that you are husband and wife."

She tensed as she waited for Judge Rhinsetler to invite the...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2011

    Someone should have proof-read the e-version - horrible mistakes

    As always, I really enjoyed another of SEP's books.

    HOWEVER, I was more than annoyed to spend money on an e-book that had so many mistakes in it - misspellings, wrong usage of words in the wrong places, and worst of all, sentences that started but didn't finish:

    "And Sheba'd turning into as big a ... as Daisy."

    using the word "us" instead of "his"

    Sentences ran together because they were missing commas, and I had to go back and re-read them till I figured out what they were supposed to say.

    I can't quote the sentences that ended in nothing - I'd be giving away the story.

    There were so many mistakes, it was difficult to read the book. Extremely disappointed!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Touched by the angel

    It was 2001, it was the midterms and i'm on my junior year in college when I first read this book. I was floored by school work and i'm ready to scream. My classmate handed me her copy and said - take a break, read that. I opened the book for a reading before i went to bed and the next thing i know, i finished the book and it's already 4 am. Over the years, i've read all of SEP's works (and loved all of them, i might add) but Kiss an Angel has a special place in my heart, maybe because it's her first book that i've read.


    What more can I say? SEP rocks!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Great way to spend an afternoon

    Good book.... could not put it down!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Simply Magical!

    This is a story I will revisit time and time again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Loved it

    I read this three times from the library then bought it. Will read again

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    Very very good book. My first SEP book, but was by far my favor

    Very very good book. My first SEP book, but was by far my favorite. Highly recommended read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Great Read!!

    I was caught up in this book and had such a great feeling when it ended. I read it again shortly after reading the first time. I couldn't put it down and read it in 2 days after work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    I found myself getting totally absorbed in this storyline. It w

    I found myself getting totally absorbed in this storyline. It was in some ways a typical love story, but with the backdrop of the circus and the very entertaining characters,I just could not put the book down. I found Alex to be very mysterious. Wow, did I ever have a very strong visual image of him in my head! The romance between Alex and Daisy and how it developed was very steamy. As soon, as I finished the book, I started to read it all over again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    BEST BOOK BY SEP!

    This is by far, the best book written by Ms. Phillips. It is intriguing and extremely funny. Yet, at the same time it touches a special place in your heart. The reader can really relate to both of the main characters, Alex and Daisy, as well as the secondary characters. The situations the main characters are placed in are comical, and you can feel the love they have for each other leaping off the pages. I cried, and let me tell you, I am not normally a book crier. It is a heart warming story and makes you want to find someone like Alex and give them a great big hug. Daisy may be flighty, but she is an intensely loving woman, and I'm sure everyone can relate to her. I love all of Ms. Phillip's books, but this is BY FAR THE BEST ONE! I've read it six times and it still hasn't gotten old.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Great

    A great story...i didnt want it to end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Wow

    Great book!!!!! A must read :)

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

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    Kiss an Angel is a standalone novel from Susan Elizabeth Phill



    Kiss an Angel is a standalone novel from Susan Elizabeth Phillips. This is the first book I have read from Susan Elizabeth Phillips and I absolutely loved it! It is a contemporary romance with very interesting plot themes, including an arranged marriage, traveling-circus life, and the bonds between humans and animals. The main characters are Daisy and Alex, who find themselves in a six-month arranged marriage. They don't know each other and their interactions and experiences are so funny! I really liked the animals in this story. The focus on them in some parts was very moving. The story is lovely and enjoyable. I am so glad I read this book and would highly recommend it to any one who enjoys a funny and sweet adult contemporary romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    I think the above editorial review was unfair. It wasn't my fav

    I think the above editorial review was unfair. It wasn't my favorite SEP book, but I thought the story was fresh and fast paced. I really liked the heroine. The "damaged" hero was annoying, but I wasn't disappointed in the outcome of the story. I prefer epic romances with more character development, but Kiss an Angel was a good read. Enjoy, despite the bad editorial review.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

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    Another great Phillips book

    One of my favorite authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Love this book

    Best book I have read in awhile. Good story and good character relationships. I don't usually write reviews but wanted to for this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    What is it?

    Why is the male lead always so stinking mean to our girl in SEP books when she so clearly does not deserve it. I know it dors not last forever but it is still way too sad for me to feel happy about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Another good one .. check it out

    Another good one .. check it out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Awesome

    A wonderful read like all of her books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Love

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Wonderful Read!

    This was a GREAT book! I simply could Not put it down! I wasn't really sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised that I was so engaged throughout the entire book! I fell in love with all of the characters. I am looking forward to reading another book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips! I will absolutely recommend this book to my friends!

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