The Spaniard's Kiss

The Spaniard's Kiss

by Nina Croft


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ISBN-13: 9781943336685
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/05/2015
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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The Spaniard's Kiss 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
Isobel Sinclair emerges from mourning her husband's death with a plan: she wants to create her own family by having a baby. Her husband's best friend, the wealthy and influential Rafael Sanchez, is the only available man in her life, and attraction between them isn't a problem. Besides, her heart will always belong to Gary, so it's not like she wants a commitment. Meanwhile, Rafe isn't a settle-down-with-a-family type. He has new women in and out of his life every few weeks. He's had his eye on his best friend's wife for a long time, but loyalty to Gary meant never laying a finger on Bella. Now, even with Gary gone, Rafe can't bring himself to bridge that gap. He also can't imagine letting Bella have a baby with any random stranger. But there's more to Rafe's carefree, no-strings lifestyle than he can share with Bella. Reasons that prevent him from ever giving her children. If he doesn't, though, he'll lose her forever. Entangled Publishing's Indulgence imprint presents THE SPANIARD'S KISS, a smoky contemporary romance by gifted author Nina Croft, debuting this month. It's probably happened to you before: your best friend or sibling or close colleague introduces you to their significant other, and you're struck by your own attraction to that significant other. Friendship, and peace of mind, demand that you stand down. But what happens when the obstacle between you vanishes? That kind of psychological and relational tension is what drives Croft's novel for both main characters. Bella and Rafe, respectively, battle the fear that being together is disloyal to the memory of the man they both loved and respected. For Bella, desperation to build her own family and have the kind of stability she dreamed about and then lost with Gary's death drives her past her fears first. She's loved Rafe for a long time, and something about him sparks a heat inside her that Gary's steady, patient love --- while wonderful --- didn't. Rafe, on the other hand, remains determined not to give in to what Bella wants, since he knows that to have children with her would only be to invite heartbreak, given his own family history. Still, terrified of losing her and the friendship he so carefully cultivated with her, he deceives her into believing he'll give her a baby. Deception can't be condoned in ninety-five percent of circumstances, of course, but readers will understand Rafe's uncertainty and feel for his situation. He's obligated to protect Bella, even from herself and even from him, for Gary's sake. He desperately wants Bella but can't give her a baby. That kind of psychological chaos is ripe with tension and makes for a really compelling character. The heat level in this contemporary romance is somewhere between smoky and singed. Readers will find the attraction between Bella and Rafe, and their subsequent ventures in bed, one of the most satisfying parts of the book. I urge you to pick up a copy of THE SPANIARD'S KISS for your library. Nothing sexier than forbidden love! # # # Author: Nina Croft Title: THE SPANIARD'S KISS Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Indulgence) ISBN: 978-1-62266-701-7 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5/5 The Spaniard's Kiss was such an interesting story to read that had me guessing until the very end, it was a complete page-turner that is going to leave you wanting for more. For widow Isabel Sinclair everything changed after the death of her husband, her life has taken her to a little farm in Spain, yet she feels alone. She knows that it's time to move to the next chapter of her life and to do that she wants to have a baby. With not enough males in her radar to make the perfect baby with, she turns to her husband's friend, Rafael Sanchez, the playboy billionaire who has been open about not wanting a family. Yet she is determined to convince him no matter what. Soon he gives in only to have her postpone everything until she truly is ready to make the next step, in the meantime they both flirt freely as the sparks between them make it impossible for them to deny the attraction that they have for one another. What started as a simple proposition, to Isabel has become so much more as the two embark in a new adventure that could lead to second chances at happiness. For Rafael protecting his family has been his number one priority, yet when Isabel asks for his help it's hard to say no to her, but telling her the truth will only make things worse. Having carried a big burden for a very long time, he wants to let go of his past and be able to take a chance at happiness. But he knows that it's going to be impossible, and that leaves him with his only goal and that is to chance Isabel's mind to have a baby. Little did he know that was going to be the impossible task of the century, especially when he is starting to fall for her. I really liked the beginning of the book, Isabel makes quite the impression on Rafael that has them both unable to keep their hands to themselves. It's an instant chemistry that they have, and their friendship makes it easier to be with each other, and a bit awkward since they are attracted to each other beyond their friendship. Rafael is a caring character that cares about Isabel, yet his secret could damage his relationship with her and that is the opposite of what he wants. On the other hand, Isabel just wants what she always wanted to have with her husband, and now that Rafael is going to help her is turning their relationship to a whole new level that neither of them expected. I did not know what the big secret was going to be and when I found out, it was a bit shocking. Overall the author does a very good job at keeping you guessing until the very end, and that alone made it that much more interesting to read. I highly recommend it, and I will most definitely keep reading more from the author. :) ***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars The Spaniard's Kiss was such a good read, I was drawn into the story from the first page. I enjoyed reading Isobel/Bella and Rafael/Rafe love story, it was heartwarming and emotional seeing them give into their feelings and move from friends to lovers. Overall an enjoyable afternoon's read, highly recommend The Spaniard's Kiss.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy reading this book with Rafe and Bella. Although there were a few times I was completely frustrated with Rafe, all this hot and cold mixed messages. But once he gave in, momma mia, he did it correctly. I loved the passion between them and that it started as friendship. It was very sweet reading how much they cared and thought about the other. The scenes with Mark were very loving and tear provoking. I am glad Bella and Mark had those conversations. I totally loved the ending, so full of heart and intense emotion, beautifully written. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
MeganSmith More than 1 year ago
*** This ARC was received from Entangled Publishing via Net Galley in exchange for a honest review*** I love that this is a story about learning to love and make concessions with out all the drama. I also like that they don't think too much about her dead husband being mad about thier releationship. I don't beleive any deceased spouse who really loved someone would ever get mad about them finding new happiness.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
        The Spaniard's Kiss,  Nina Croft Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance. I’ve enjoyed many of Nina’s paranormal novels so wondered how I’d take to this contemporary romance.  It was a fun read, light but with real feeling. Isobel, she’s a lovely lady, still only in her twenties but a widow for the past two years. Her husbands best friend was Rafael, and he’s been attracted to Isobel since he first saw her when she was only 17. When he comes across her swimming naked he can’t resist a kiss, and it sparks an idea in her head. Now she knows he finds her attractive why not ask him to father a child for her. She’s always dreamed of a family, so at least this way she can have part of what he wants. she won’t ask him to  be a hands on parent, she knows he’s no plans to settle down yet, but as he’s attracted to her then fathering a child would give her a chance at part of her dreams. Rafael is horrified, he wants her, he’s always wanted her but for his own reasons children are not in his future, not now and possibly not ever! If he doesn’t give in though will she just go off and ask someone else? He comes up with his plan to bring her closer to him for a few months,  hoping that she’ll drop the baby idea when it doesn’t happen. It means deceiving her but its for the good he thinks. Maybe, just maybe she’ll come to feel more for him too along the way. Its a fun story, no great surprises, an easy to read novel, that's got some sensuality and a great lead couple. I did puzzle over what Isobel planned to do with Toby ( the dog) when she took the new job, and there were a few other minor points like that but overall it was a fun escapist one off read. Stars: four, a fun summer read.   ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers 
Catherines_Reads More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing story. I love that he had always wanted her bit was an honorable man and never thought about hurting his friend. So many obstacles stood in their way of finding happiness, and I love that they weren't afraid to fight for it.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
​​​​​The Spaniard's Kiss by Nina Croft is an enjoyable contemporary romance. It is about the relationship that evolves between Isobel Sinclair, a widow, and Rafael Sanchez, a billionaire who was also Isobel's late husband's best friend. Isobel is finally able to move on with her life and Rafe enthusiastically agrees to help her do just that. Moving forward in Isobel's mind also means having a baby, with Rafe as the potential father. While Isobel was very happily married and enjoyed a mediocre sex life, Rafe was playing the field. He dated a lot, but never had a relationship that lasted for longer than three months. Isobel and Rafe share an attraction that is hotter than either of them have ever experienced before. When they finally give in to their desires, they internally realize that they are in love. Rafe has a huge secret that could change both of their lives forever, and he is pleasantly surprised by Isobel's reaction once he shares it with her. Overall, this was an engaging read, although I found the pace to be extremely slow for my tastes. It took a really long time for Isobel and Rafe to get together, even after they shared a few mind-numbing kisses. Their individual lives were interesting and Ms. Croft did a wonderful job with setting the story in both Spain and England. I absorbed the European ambiance wholeheartedly. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
There are so many facets to this story. It's obvious that Isobel and Rafe have a strong connection to each other. What muddies the water is that Isobel is the widow of Rafe's best friend. The deeper that I became engrossed in the story I realized just how complicated their relationship actually was. Each has always secretly had feelings for each other that they never acted on. Now free to pursue those feelings they have to decide if facing the unexpected, guilt, secrets and more heartbreak is worth the battle. The Spaniard's Kiss is emotional, romantic, captivating and thought provoking. A beautifully written story. I received an ARC for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Excellent read that pulled me in from the first page. Isobel Sinclair was widowed young but now it's time for her move forward and enjoy the next phase of her life. That phase she hopes will include a baby. Rafael Sanchez was her husband's best friend but right now he seems to be the only man around. Rafael has always longed for Isobel but he knows he is not the right man for her. Children are not and can not be a part of his future. But he can't stand the idea of Isobel going to another man with her crazy idea of having a baby now. This one was very well done. The characters connected beautifully and Rafael's secret kept things very interesting! I highly recommend this one.
WildHeartReviews More than 1 year ago
The Spaniard’s Kiss is another of those middle of the road reads for me. I absolutely enjoyed the book, it just didn’t overwhelm or underwhelm me. There is nothing wrong with it, it’s more going off of how engaging I found the story. What I did notice most is that the writing is very well done. I liked that the author took a different sort of spin an a somewhat normal trope. Rafe has been in love with Bella for years, but has done such a good job of hiding it (from her) that she is genuinely oblivious to it. As much as he wants her, he doesn’t think she looks at him that way either, she’s also newly widowed and was married to his best friend. Those would seemingly be his main reasons, save for the one huge secret one that he never talks about. Bella is trying to move on with her life, not only did she lose a husband, but her child too. So now, she’s determined to jump this hurdle in her life and she wants a baby to love. She hasn’t exactly planned out how to go about getting it though and who better to father the baby than her husband’s best friend. One problem though, she doesn’t take into account that she might actually need to sleep with him. The thought of artificial insemination is abhorrent to her and lets face it, she really -is- attracted to Rafe. These two clash together with a kiss that sets Bella on her head, and sends Rafe running for the hills (London). Rafe feels as if he’s betraying his best friend, but also there are things he cannot let Bella know. He can’t give her a baby like she’s asking. He wants her, and makes no qualms about that, but a baby? No, not even on the table. Bella is confused when Rafe runs off, and when he finally does come back, oh she’s saucy. She pushes all his buttons in any which way she can. I found that part amusing, because sometimes she does it and you know it’s not intentional. Open mouth, insert foot, Bella… you just bite off more than you can handle (or that you thought about handling.). :D Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone. Again, I enjoyed it. I sat in my living room, curled up next to the window with a cup of coffee, the rain outside and fell into it. To quote Goldilocks, this book is, “Just right.”. For more reviews visit:
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
The Kiss overall is a good story. ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review**** This book wasn’t the best for me in terms of my reading it. It just didn’t hold my interest. It seemed to drag and the characters didn’t seem to really connect half the time. Rafe has been in love with Bella for years but he hides it from her and she doesn’t seem to know because he has done such a good job; also she is recently widowed. Bella was married to Rafe’s best friend and now her life one of such chaos right now. She is trying to start her life over but she isn’t sure how to do this. She lost not only her husband but her child. So now she realizes she wants a baby- a baby to love and to replace the one she lost. Bella is one who isn’t thinking or planning on how to go about getting that baby. She is just one for emotions and all she wants is a baby. She jumps feet first into baby thoughts. And she thinks the best candidate to father her baby is Rafe. Have I mentioned she is not one for thinking things through? She does not think how she is going to get pregnant- she is not thinking about IVF because when that thought does filter through, Bella realizes that is nasty and she starts to come to the realization that Rafe is very attractive to her. Rafe and Bella started clashing and that clash ends with a kiss that sends Bella flying on her head. Because of that, Rafe runs away, thinking he has betrayed his best friend with his wife and there are things he cannot tell Bella, things he is afraid that would make her turn away from him. He wants her so bad but he will not give her a baby. When Rafe finally returns, Bella is cheeky with Rafe; she is playful. I see that she is going to fight for him. Bella realizes she is going to get Rafe to admit they have something worth fighting for . There are some real emotional scenes in this book – Be prepared to cry so have some tissues handy. What bothered me was at times it seemed like the author was forcing the MC together. At the beginning the book was so slow and at the middle it was slow. I kept hoping the pace would pick up. And at the end it was seemed rushed. I did like Bella and Rafe , only it seemed like I didn’t get a chance to really picture them together. I would have thrown in an extra.5 * if I could have gotten a better glimpse of the MC together but instead they seemed forced together at times but I can say I will still try this author again in the future. My rating: 3.5 stars ***
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "One look and I was lost." Stars! I love me some Nina Croft, whatever the genre and tropes being used, she manages to deliver up a storyline that I get involved in and a couple that I want to see get the ’happily Ever After’ they deserve. The Spaniard's Kiss is no exception, and I loved every minute of the time I spent reading it. ”Are you real or just my imagination?” Isobel Sinclair has decided it’s time to move on with her life, losing her husband unexpectedly two years ago has left her living day-to-day with no particular purpose or direction anymore, and it’s time to make changes. Rafael Sanchez, her husband’s best friend throws all those plans out the window initially in one sexy-hot kiss, unless she can persuade him to be the man to father the child she so desperately wants. I loved Rafe, he was sexy, honorable and held his secrets close to his chest, but when it came to Isobel and him together, the build-up between them and the sexual tension was off the charts, and it gave the story a real depth. ”I don’t want to be your ducking friend.” I don’t think anyone reading The Spaniards Kiss will be surprised with the storyline or the direction it goes, but as usual Nina has managed to write it all so well, and with such development and depth that it really is the perfect couple of hours of romantic reading escapism. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.