Alaina has given up hope that Martin Blackstone will return her love. She prepares to re-enter London's social scene. Plans change when Phillip Harrington, her deceased father's previous business partner, appears and threatens her with blackmail. He reveals damaging evidence that could destroy her beloved brother's life unless she agrees to a ruse that will help him close a lucrative deal her father's death left unfinished. Sacrificing her respectability, she leaves London with Harrington on a voyage to America posing as his fiancé. When Martin discovers that the woman he's left behind has been blackmailed and in imminent danger, he will move heaven and earth to find her. Despite his heroism, obstacles appear insurmountable for Alaina to trust Martin's love.
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Elaine writes and loves to read Regency Romances and Women's Historical Fiction. A veteran English teacher, she presently teaches public speaking part time at a local community college. She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America, CT Romance Writers (CTRWA), and Women's Fiction's Writers Association. As a lover of the ocean and its energizing beauty, she happily resides on the Connecticut shoreline with her golfing husband, Drew, and delights in being a wife, mother, and grandmother.
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A Kiss of Promise based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Every now and again one comes across a book that is romantic yet does not fall under the definition one has today of being a 'romance'. And I say 'romance' there while wiggling my eyebrows, pursing my lips and shaking my shoulders like I was having a rather saucy seizure. I read some of the reviews for this novel and some were rather harsh and disparaging, unfairly so, but I think that the reason for the crankiness is because people see the Ellora's Cave branding and they expect a specific kind of read. Elaine Violette's story is really a very good romantic fiction, but not a typical historical romance as per the Ellora's Cave cant and crowd, leaving a ton of sand in the crotch of naysayers and angsty hard-to-find-their-orgasm Erotica addicts; this is a good read. Alaina lives a nightmare existence with a tyrannical, abusive, dirtbag father who pressures her and her brother, Richard to kowtow to his vicious wishes. He has particularly sought to ruin a family close to their own, the Blackstones. Richard and Alaina are approached by the Blackstone's heirs, Martin and York, about the Claymore father's treachery. Convinced and converted, they undertake a search for evidence against their sire in support of the Blackstone's case, that Lord Craymore acted with malice and intent to ruin the Blackstone name. All goes to crap when Alaina is found looking for the evidence in her father's private domain, where she it is not so kosher for her to put her weaker sex regency sneakered tippy-toes. Lord Claymore drops a proverbial nut, turns violent, Richard and the Blackstone's come to Alaina's aid but the cat crap has hit the pan and she, in the heat of the moment, kills her odious parent. Let me take a breath. I need it after that summary. That is a lot of plot and it's just the set up. The story screeches to low gear and settles into a very mellow, almost slumberous speed through the next couple of chapters. The pace almost feels incongruous from the opening scene but Elaine is actually doing this very subtle building of anticipation. I really think it could have been notched up a few more ticks on the dial, it's painfully laborious to read the first twenty or so pages of the second part of the 'actual' meat and potatoes' portion of the read. You may even feel a sense of shellshock after the of the opening with the way the next portion progresses. I've already said that this is a romantic fiction rather than a romance; let me clarify the difference. Through seventy-five percent of this novel the hero and heroine are separate and the plot isn't so much about their affair as it is about them finding one another again and who they are as people. It's romantic in the sense that a love story exists but it's not what one would consider a romance in the active definition of what one would think a romance might be between two people. There are no longing glances, no flowers, no holding hands or whispered words. They are not even aware they are in the same part of the country as one another. This love they have is in pre-order; they have known one another and already have feelings for one another but have been separated by time, circumstance and distance. A Kiss of Promise is about fulfilling a commitment that was made on their first kiss--but all this has exists in an emotional vacuum. This novel is very 'Jane Austen-ish' meets 'Agatha Christie' with a wink at some Historic New Englander appreciation. Don't slaughter me or come after me with your pinking shears for naming the classics; I am saying that this novel had the feeling that those influences may have been there so keep your panties from twisting into places that will chafe. That romantic and idyllic hope that once one gets one's ducks in a row, grows as a person, meets one's fears and failures they can reach the golden ring is a keystone of many of the classics written by Jane Austen. The deeper, darker element of a sinister goings on and players in the background, mixed with compulsion, greed, manipulation and mayhem, have many themes based in the novels of Agatha Christie. We didn't have a mysterious whodun'it? but the components that give Agatha Christie novels the element of suspicion is exactly those that Elaine Violette has used in this novel with her second villain, Phillip. I really recommend the books of those classy, classic, literaries if you want to see where the origins of something like this may come from. (This review was written for my blog All The Things Inbetween at AlltheThingsInbetween-dot-net)