Tuesday, September 7, 2010

SWEPT AWAY WITH A KISS by Katharine Ashe

Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: July 2010
ISBN: 9780061965623
Historical Romance, Regency
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Penny
Obtained via: Publisher

Viscount Steven Ashford is determined to stop the illegal human trafficking trade and in doing so dawns the fa├žade of a man of the cloth and boards his own ship as a passenger. Soon the pirates he seeks overtake the ship and take him and another passenger hostage. The lovely Lady Valerie Monroe.

Valerie is returning to England after two years exile in the Americas. It seems her recklessness has not changed as she finds herself attracted to the Jesuit, with whom she has been taken hostage. Once returned to society she discovers Steven’s true identity. Will Valerie’s feelings of betrayal and Steven’s continued crusade be enough for them to deny their attraction from each other?

As a lover of Regency Romance this book caught my attention from the blurb on the back of the book, and the enticing cover art. Katharine Ashe delivers to her readers a wonderfully written novel of intrigue and unfulfilled passion. I was impressed with Steven’s self control when their insane capturer insists that the “French Priest” educates the innocent maiden Valerie by taking her virginity in preparation to himself taking her as his mistress. Steven refuses even after several imaginative attempts to entice him. I was dually amused by the antics and yet thought that a captive’s continued refusal would earn some stiff consequences, priest or no. After all, priests took vows of celibacy and the mad pirate has demanded that Steven break that vow as he believed his charade. This was a bit of a drawback in the sense that it didn’t come across as believable.

But that notwithstanding SWEPT AWAY WITH A KISS indeed swept me away into times long past, and it is my opinion that this book is a delightful way to spend an afternoon. It will soon engross you and keep you turning the pages. The prose is smooth flowing and readers will soon think of the characters as friends. I hope to read more from Ms Ashe in the future.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book

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