Swept Away By a Kiss

Swept Away By a Kiss

by Katharine Ashe

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“A breathtaking romance filled with sensuality and driven by a brisk and thrilling plot…. Katharine Ashe writes with eloquence and power—what a compelling read!”

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas


“You’ll be swept away.”

New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries


An absolutely amazing debut novel from Katharine Ashe, an exceptional new voice in historical romance, Swept Away by a Kiss is the first book in an exciting new series—the story of a society jade who thinks she’s done it all until she meets the devil himself. Piracy, intrigue, rogue lords with a dangerous secret…can love unmask the Masters of Masquerade? Read Swept Away by a Kiss and find out!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061965623
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/27/2010
Series: Rogues of the Sea , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 767,512
Product dimensions: 4.58(w) x 11.04(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Katharine Ashe is the award-winning author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the 10 Best Books of the Year in Romance, and My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander, 2015 and 2014 finalists for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America. Her books are recommended by Publishers WeeklyWomen’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European History, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about Katharine’s books, please visit her website or write to her at PO Box 51702, Durham, NC 27717.

What People are Saying About This

Sandra Hill

A hero who is not what he pretends, a heroine who is determines to unmask him, and a sexual chemistry that burns up the pages.

Lisa Kleypas

“Swept Away By A Kiss” is a breathtaking romance filled with sensuality and driven by a brisk and thrilling plot. Her characters are intelligent, vibrant and wonderfully complex. Katharine Ashe writes with eloquence and power—what a compelling read!”

Sabrina Jeffries

“You’ll be swept away by Katharine Ashe’s evocative writing. This unforgettable tale will dazzle you with its memorable characters, fascinating plot, and sizzling tension.”

Kat Martin

“A wonderfully written, sensuous romance by an author who expertly weaves time and place into her story.”

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Swept Away by a Kiss 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
streetmouse More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book-- pirates, priests, ships, castles, intrigue, and a lot of passion! I've never read such a well done "scandalous" lady, with a reputation for being loose. Those are hard to do and still make them likable, but Valerie was very endearing. I also enjoyed the two distinct halves of the book. Without giving spoilers, I'll just say that you get two distinct settings, and ALMOST two distinct heroes. Lots of fun! I recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sadly I found this book below expectations; it was hard at times to follow the story line. To much agnst and not enough explanation given for it. Took the hero n heroine way too long to find each other. Almost gave up on the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite of the series... excellent
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enchantingly written, this book makes my top 10 list of romance books. The author draws you in and makes you feel the story. When the herion's heart aches, yours will ache right along with it! So often you begin to read a book and think "wait, that was too fast" or "there is no way that that would happen like that". Not so with this book. The build up was superb. You know it was an excellent book when you wonder what happens to the charactures after it ends.
SallyLayne More than 1 year ago
Loved the intrigue and romance in this book. Katharine Ashe weaves a GREAT story that captures the reader until the very last page.
danielle-havasu More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book. I was getting so frustrated with Steven. Not only was he driving Valerie crazy, he was driving me crazy. I couldn't wait to get to the end of the book. Valerie is a strong willed woman.
Tiffani Flores More than 1 year ago
i could not put it down it was so good.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1810 after two years of exile in Boston, Lady Valerie Monroe is on her way back home as she knows her brother Valentine the earl forgives her foolishness. Although her upper crust American relatives led by Cousin Abigail are concerned that she travels alone on a Dutch merchant ship, Valerie cannot wait to reach Portsmouth. On the vessel Valerie meets passenger Jesuit priest, Etienne LeMarque who prefers the Anglo version of his given name Stephen. They are attracted to one another, but both hesitate. When pirates capture their ship, he keeps her safe until they are rescued. In England her hero whom she loves disappears breaking her heart. However, she is stunned when she enters a salon only to be introduced to her beloved Viscount Steven Ashford who loves her too. However, he has a quest to complete unaware that the adversary he seeks now has a pretty pawn to use to destroy him. This is a wonderful Regency romance starring two likable lead characters who are fully developed so that the reader understands what motivates them besides love. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Valerie goes on deck to breathe only to find her breath stopped upon seeing Etienne. He is shocked by his attraction as he has no time for the distraction of desire. Sub-genre readers will appreciate Katharine Ashe's fine historical. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 10 months ago
good characters. enjoyable
Anonymous 11 months ago
I got to page 80 and quit. I rarely give up on a story, but this book had too much violence and sadism. I did not find it fun to read. I prefer humorous and page turning romances.
Anonymous 12 months ago
reesa00 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book. The hero and heroine were intriguing and I liked the mistaken identity plot device. But, the plot jumped all over the place. We'd be moving along nicely and then bam, one character would do something completely out of place. At a few points I actually checked page numbers because I thought I had a book that was put together incorrectly. Also, the plot was dependent on too many characters. There were at least 15 central characters who were key to the plot development. Trying to remember that many character's names and titles (since they are called by both) and relationships is just frustrating.I'll read Katharine Ashe in the future since I saw a lot of promise in the book and hope that her next book is more cohesive.
montano on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good effort marred by inconsistencies. There is no physical description of the heroine at the start so the reader is left wondering who she is. The hero is described in loving detail. The heroine's tarnished past is alluded to but never explained satisfactorily. Ditto her upbringing; many allusions to her cold father but no exposition at all. The threads of that part of the story never feel complete.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You've got to read this book!!
angcartwright More than 1 year ago
Swept Away by Swept Away by a Kiss A Secret Identity When pirates storm Viscount Steven Ashford's ship upon the high seas, it brings him closer than ever to the nefarious criminal he seeks to ruin. Only one seductive detail threatens his victory: the scandalous beauty imprisoned with him, Lady Valerie Monroe. Temptation has never been so intoxicating or so forbidden, for Steven is disguised as a French priest. If they make it off the ship alive, to protect her from his enemies he must never see her again . . . An Undeniable Love Back in England, and under the ton's scrutiny for a reckless past she hasn't escaped, Valerie dreams of the breathtaking "man of the cloth" with whom she shared her greatest adventure. Then he reappears in society under his true identity, Viscount Ashford, but, despite the danger, their consuming passion cannot be denied. Now standing in the way of their desire are Valerie's wounded heart, Steven's lone destiny, and a villain who will stop at nothing to crush them both. What a cool story this was. So unique – that’s what I love about Katharine Ashe’s books is that they are really like no other. This book is almost two completely different books. The first part is about the pirate ship takeover and the tortuous situation that Steven and Valerie find themselves in and the second part is back in England where Valerie is still Valerie, but Steven is a completely different person. The conflict they face on the ship in the first part is tortuous because the Captain, a crazy one of course, wants to break Steven, the priest, by putting him and Valerie in situations where he may be forced to take her virtue. The tension in these scenes is palpable. I did not see the resolution to this conflict coming. The ideal would have been that Valerie and Steven continue on with the tension from there, but the book picks up in England where they are reunited but Steven is a complete ass. Valerie’s so confused, as are the readers, but we understand that he is trying to protect Valerie until he can ensure the danger he is facing is gone. Hard core though this is, the reader must suffer through what Valerie feels and I tell you, I, as the reader, did! Rewards are always sweeter when earning them was tough and I, the reader, was well rewarded. I highly recommend Katharine Ashe in general – she is an extremely talented writer – and I recommend this book. Did I mention this is her debut? Amazing talent! I’m onto the second one in the Rogues of the Sea series, Captured by a Rogue Lord, and I’m excited. While sad to see Steven and Valerie go, I am assured they appear in the next book, so I look forward to it.
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