Perfect Kisses by Susan Johnson, Sylvia Day and Noelle Mack
Three-person anthology
Brava
Historical Romance
ISBN 0-7582-0941-X
Reviewed by Amelia

   

 

School for Scandal by Susan Johnson

James Bell, Viscount Ormond, is a known rake, a seducer of women known throughout the ton.  Now, he’s set his sights on Claire Russell’s sister, and she doesn’t intend for that to happen.  She goes to a party at his house, intent on breaking them apart, but when Ormond and schoolteacher Claire meet, sparks fly. Something neither of them expected.

School for Scandal has an intriguing plot and delves beautifully into the ton of Victorian society.  I was prepared not to like Ormond, but I just couldn’t help myself.  He wormed his way into my heart, as he did with Claire.  School for Scandal is a hot, tempting story that will delight readers.

 

Mischief and the Marquess by Sylvia Day

Lady Sophie Milton-Riley and Justin, the Marquess of Fontaine, are childhood friends.  They have no desire to marry, despite the fact that their mothers are trying to push them together.

Sophie, who is “quite ruined,” tells Justin that they must find a way to let their mothers know that marriage is not possible, but things don’t quite turn out that way.  After they are convinced of their love for one another, Justin must find a way to restore Sophie’s place in society, so they can live happily ever after.

I absolutely loved Mischief and the Marquess.  Both Sophie and Justin were fun characters who made me laugh.  They were perfect together and I loved watching them discover it.  This story is a keeper to be reread again.

 

The Ruby Kiss by Noelle Mack

Susannah Fowler has come to England from India, where she was raised in the maharajah’s palace, after the death of her father, a jeweler.  Susannah is a free-spirited, quick-witted woman who is used to the laid-back world of the palace, not the stuffy, closed-in world of London.

Carlyle Jameson, a servant of the Queen, promised Susannah’s father he’d bring her back to England.  He knows that Susannah, unbeknownst to herself, has a corset full of stolen jewels.  He needs to retrieve them from her and return them to the person who hid them.  He doesn’t expect to be so attracted to her, or to have a shadowy figure following her, trying to get the jewels for another party.

The Ruby Kiss is a sweet tale full of intrigue and discovery.  I loved Susannah’s strong spirit and the way Carlyle worked to make things right.  They were perfect together.

 

Perfect Kisses is a great anthology, featuring three very different historical stories that are sure to please readers of historical fiction.  It is definitely a book for the keeper shelf.

     

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