Book II in Sophia Nash’s Widows Club Series, The Kiss, goes a little something like this:
“He had once been her cherished childhood companion, and then the man she had lusted after in secret, but Georgiana Wilde hasn’t seen the recently widowed Quinn Fortesque since the day he married another woman and shattered her heart. Then fate intervenes and brings the man she dreams about each night back to her . . .
Returning to the estate on family business, Quinn would like nothing more than to turn the land over to Georgiana and leave the memories of his former life behind. But then the brooding marquis finds himself under the spell of the hidden beauty he once left behind. With her barely concealed passions, Georgiana melts his coolly guarded heart. Suddenly his well-ordered world is in danger of crashing down. And it all begins with just one
kiss. . .”
Quinn arrives to a scandal boiling over at his childhood home. His old childhood companion, Georgiana, has been acting as Marchioness after a one day marriage to his cousin, Anthony. Anthony’s sudden death means he inherits…but the truth is he could care less.
The only problem is the rest of his family thinks the marriage isn’t valid, as he died the night of their wedding….and Georgiana isn’t telling whether or not the marriage was consummated.
Meanwhile, the Widows Club (if you have read Dangerous Beauty, you will be familiar with the characters) comes to stay and, of course, set things in motion for both Quinn and Georgiana to (how do I say this delicately?)…wash their hands or step away from the sink?
Overall, its an entertaining read with enough twists and turns to keep you interested throughout. Luckily, the child in the novel isn’t annoying to the plot or romance, it actually adds a touch of realism and shows what a good person Georgiana is.
If you like the long suffering characters, hidden from happiness by omission of truth, then you will enjoy this one. While not over the top like some (where you want to scream at the characters “just talk, already!”) there is a little bit of the far-fetched in the romance that doesn’t necessarily appeal to me but may appeal to others.
That having been said, I did enjoy the book and look forward to reading the next book in the series, Love With The Perfect Scoundrel.