A Kiss in the Dark [NOOK Book]

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Deirdre Wilks, the infamous Viscountess Rotherby, is shunned by the ton, who whisper behind closed doors of her shadowy past. And now every hope she harbors of repairing her reputation is at risk when a desperate, dashing gentleman comes to her for aid.

He has heard the rumors ... but fearing for his sister, vanished somewhere in London's disreputable corners, Lord Tristan Knight must seek help from the mysterious beauty. Although her intentions are cloaked, Deirdre's warm heart...

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Overview

Deirdre Wilks, the infamous Viscountess Rotherby, is shunned by the ton, who whisper behind closed doors of her shadowy past. And now every hope she harbors of repairing her reputation is at risk when a desperate, dashing gentleman comes to her for aid.

He has heard the rumors ... but fearing for his sister, vanished somewhere in London's disreputable corners, Lord Tristan Knight must seek help from the mysterious beauty. Although her intentions are cloaked, Deirdre's warm heart and enchanting face are more befitting an angel than a sinner. And soon, Tristan realizes he can never relinquish this bold and remarkable woman.

Yet Deirdre must guard a secret –– a shocking truth that, once revealed, could destroy the passionate love he has brought into her life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062252937
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 227,961
  • File size: 574 KB

Meet the Author

Kimberly Logan has been writing since the young age of seven, when her mother gifted her with her very first Trixie Belden book and ignited her love of the written word. Her pencil has rarely left her hand since, and she spends her days dreaming up new tales of romance and adventure for others to enjoy. A collector of Disneyana and an avid movie buff, she was born and raised in small-town Indiana, where she still lives with her beloved Yorkshire terrier, Skittle.

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First Chapter

A Kiss in the Dark

Chapter One

London, 1819

"Blast the girl!"

Tristan Knight, the fifth Earl of Ellington, raked his fingers back through his hair and began to pace the area in front of the fireplace, his movements agitated. "I tell you, Archer, if I cannot rein in Emily's antics, and soon, I shall be a suitable candidate for Bedlam!"

Standing just outside the circle of firelight, the elderly butler shook his head, his rheumy blue eyes full of concern. "She is young yet, my lord, and she has had little guidance in the past several years. I'm afraid your father allowed her to run a bit wild."

"I am well aware of what my father allowed." Tristan came to an abrupt halt, his hands going to his hips as he pivoted to face his servant. "The man wrought a bloody mess with his ambivalence and neglect and has left it to me to untangle."

As though realizing there wasn't much he could say in reply, Archer remained silent.

Tristan's brow lowered as his gaze traveled about the study, taking in its masculine décor. On the surface, nothing much seemed to have changed in the eight years he'd been gone. The massive mahogany furniture was as grand and imposing as ever, the vast collection of books lining the shelves as awe-inspiring. Only an extremely discerning eye would have noticed the fraying edges of the Axminster carpet or the faded hue of the heavy brocade draperies hanging at the windows.

"His lordship was never the same after your mother's death," Archer finally spoke again, shifting the weight of his spare frame from one foot to the other. "I'm afraid he spent most of his evenings at his club and in the gambling halls, and when he did come home, he was usually a trifle too ... inebriated to attend to any of the household affairs."

The mention of the late countess made Tristan's heart squeeze painfully in his chest. Letting out a soft exhalation of air, he sank into an armchair close to the hearth, reaching up to rub wearily at his temples. "I know. And I apologize for snapping at you, Archer. None of this is your fault. I'm afraid I let my temper get the better of me. Again."

"I understand, my lord. The Lady Emily can be a bit trying at times."

That was putting it mildly. "How many governesses is it now? Three? Four?"

"Five at last count, I believe."

Five in less than four months! Bloody hell, was his sister intent on going through every available governess in London?

"To be fair," Archer ventured, "the Mrs. Eversley incident wasn't entirely Lady Emily's fault. That cruet of vinegar did look rather amazingly like the woman's flask of nightly restorative in the right light."

"I doubt Mrs. Eversleyw ould agree with that assessment, especiallyaft er swallowing a mouthful of vinegar. And there is absolutelyno excuse for the honeyi n Miss Dalrymple's shoes or the garter snake in Mrs. Petersham's bedclothes. Why, if Mrs. Petersham had been a few years older, the poor woman might have had a fit of apoplexy. As it was, she was hysterical."

The butler's lined face flushed a dull red. "Lady Emily is rather high-spirited, my lord, but as I'm sure you can appreciate, the last few months have been quite an adjustment for her. What with his lordship's death and then your arrival... well, I'm certain all she needs is some time to accept the changes in her life."

"I have given her time. I've given her four months, but the situation seems to be getting worse instead of better, and I am fast running out of options, not to mention suitable governesses. Mrs. Petersham came very highly recommended, and this latest debacle of Emily's has sent her packing in less than a week."

"Why, my lord, I d o believe you managed to a ccomplish the same feat with your last tutor in less than twenty-four hours."

Tristan couldn't restrain the slight smile that curled the corners of his mouth at Archer's words. It was true. He had been far from the model son and heir. In fact, after years of trying to please a father who couldn't be pleased, he'd rebelled rather shamefully.

Tristan's stare went to the large writing desk in the far corner of the room, and in his mind's eye he could envision Sinclair Knight seated behind it, his expression stern as he once again lectured Tristan on the error of his rakehell ways. He and his father had never seen eye to eye on anything, and on many occasions it had only been the calming presence of Lady Ellington that had kept them from each other's throats.

As always, thoughts of his gentle mother sent a shaft of anguish piercing deep within him, and his smile instantly vanished. Images flashed across his vision. A man's scarred face. The flash of a knife. The flow of blood as it stained the cold stones of a dark alleyway.

Unable to face the tormenting memories, Tristan forcefully pushed them away and glanced up at Archer. "Emily hates me," he murmured aloud, "and I can't say that I blame her. I abandoned her, left her alone with a man who was so caught up in his own pain he couldn't even take care of himself, much less a daughter."

The butler shuffled forward to lay a gnarled hand on his arm. "She doesn't hate you, my lord. She simply isn't used to having someone in her life who cares what she does."

Pushing himself to his feet, Tristan strode over to the windows and pulled aside the curtain to look down on the street below. Dusk was just starting to fall over the stately town houses on Berkeley Square, and except for a lone lamplighter making his solitary rounds, all was peaceful and still ...

A Kiss in the Dark. Copyright © by Kimberly Logan. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fantastic brisk Regency romantic suspense

    In 1819 Earl Tristan Knight panics when he learns his feisty sister Emily has vanished somewhere in London. He needs help to locate her from someone who knows the streets of the slums; rumors about haughty Viscountess Deidre Wilks hint at her childhood in those same mean streets where he needs a guide. A desperate Tristan confronts Deidre who reluctantly agrees to escort him through the worst neighborhoods of the city.--- Pretending to be his servant to provide a cover, Deidre walks the streets as if she were born to them, which in a sense she was. As they continue to search for the lost sibling, Tristan admires his companion¿s courage and spunk. Soon he falls in love with her; she reciprocates but tries to hide her feelings as she trusts no one with her well being or her secrets other than herself.--- Placing Oliver Twist in the Regency with the Rag Tag gang, Kimberly Logan writes an invigorating unique historical romance that hooks the audience the moment that Tristan confronts Deidre to help him find his sister. The story line is fast-paced and action-packed starring a refreshing female protagonist who takes charge of the situation rather than wait for her ¿partner¿ to do so. Ms. Logan has written a fantastic brisk Regency romantic suspense that sub-genre fans will devour in one energizing read.--- Harriet Klausner

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    Bravo!

    As a history teacher, I enjoy books that accurately reflect a time period without becoming a history lesson. Ms. Logan has accomplished this! Her characters reflect the struggles of social class and worthiness that most Americans have not experienced. I enjoyed every page!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    OK

    Entertaining read. Predictable romance. Likable good characters; despicable bad ones.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    A good read!

    I really enjoyed reading this book and I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    it was ok, a little boring.

    at some point it almost put me to sleep, dragged a little.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    I liked that it was not a typical Regency rom of only balls and

    I liked that it was not a typical Regency rom of only balls and such, and there were some good potential character conflicts to work thru. But then it just got too repetitive, slowing down the story where it just plotted along with predictable results. By the end I just wanted to know what would happen with the folks in the slums who were the most interesting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Hello

    A melodrama of a romance in true fashion of Penelope Pitstop, Dudley Do-right, and Dick Dasteredly. A couple of explicit sex scenes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Very Enjoyable

    Perfect timing and some great characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Stella

    Age: 16 Looks: straight black hair blue eyes wears all black mini skirts or skinny jeans with all black shirt and leather jacket and boots lip ring nose ring and ear rings black lip stick Emo

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Macy

    Name: Watcha think? ^^ Age: Never ask a lady her age b****! ^^ Looks: Long wavy black hair with blonde underneath. Has a baby face and green eyes. Has a monroe peircing on the upper right part of her lip. A sleeve tattoo on her left arm that runs from her shoulder to her wrist. A tattoo of stars behimd her right ear to her collar bone. Has size four gauges. She is short but in no means petite, im thick lady. ^^ Outfit: Varies but mostly wears a black tanktop with skinny jeans and black combat boots. ^^ Personality: Laid back, aggressive, likes to have fun, mischevious, trouble maker, flirty, bold, but can be super sweet if she likes you. ^^ Other: Loves weed, you share some weed she will do anything.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    K

    Im only 9 and i like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Snow

    Name: Aubrey. But call me Snow. Looks: Pale, black hair, green eyes, blood red lips. Lip peircing, triples on one ear, doubles on the other, cartlidge on both. 5'4". Skinny, but curvy. Has a tattoo of black angel wings on her back. Usually wears skinny jeans, black converse hightops, and a tank top. She has a black lace choker and a black leather bracelet. Personality: Flirty, nice... sometimes. It really depends on you. Other: is irish american.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Renee

    What shall I be?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Dumb

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Awsome

    Very fast paced and entertaining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    Great Historical Romance

    The best historical romance I've read in a long time. I fell in love with all the characters. Hard to put down. I hope to read more by this talented debute author. Has much romance, mystery, and an interesting twist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2005

    CONSIDER YOURSELF ADVISED

    I NEARLY BROKE INTO THE SONG 'CONSIDER YOURSELF ONE OF THE FAMILY' FROM THE MUSICAL 'OLIVER'--WHILE READING THIS BOOK. THIS IS A TRUE OLIVER TWIST STORY. THERE ARE A FEW SECRETS BUT EVEN THEY DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE END TO SURPRISE YOU-THEY ARE REVEALED RIGHT AWAY.ON A SENSUAL SCALE IT IS A 4-5 NOT BAD BUT NOT A SCORCHER.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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