I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Kiss Me Again by Cecilia Gray
on January 1st 1970
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
A brand new series from the author of The Gentlemen Next Door, praised for being a "delightful Regency romp… in the spirit of Georgette Heyer."
Meet Charlotte Belle—the Bovine Belle—who has made a career of being utterly unremarkable. The middle and forgotten child, she is completely unseen, until he sees her. Not that it matters, because the only thing worse than falling in love is doing so with someone who can never love you back.
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ABOUT THE KISS A BELLE SERIES
Five supportive sisters.
Five friendly gentlemen.
Five stolen kisses.
Everyone has kissed someone, but who has kissed whom?
Secrets of the past will become very much present as arrangements are made and proposals fly in this charming, Regency-style series. While all of the stories can be enjoyed as standalones, you may want to read them all. Books 1–3 occur concurrently and can be read in any order; Books 4 and 5 follow respectively.
Book 1: Kiss Me After
Book 2: Kiss Me Darkly
Book 3: Kiss Me Sweetly
Book 4: Kiss Me Softly
Book 5: Kiss Me Again
In the five books there are a few moments where two people are conspiring with each other. It did not seem like they had ill will, but they did have in mind the idea to marry off the five women to Englishmen. Four of the women are wed, and all seems well with the exception of Charlotte.
There is so much said of the other girl’s attributes that Charlotte seems to fade into the background. Would appear to enjoy being in the background, even. As the plot to this unravels, so does her desires. She has everything, beauty and charm, elegance and wit, and yet she does not seem to realize it. Unlike many books where the heroine does not seem to see herself and has horrible self esteem, in this story Charlotte does have horrible self esteem but it is because of the way everyone speaks of her sisters. And, then the way they speak about her.
Nobody says it to Charlotte’s face but of course there are gossips. Charlotte is left wondering if she will ever find a man on her own and she starts to wonder if her sisters feel that she needs help. It is a torturous read but also wonderfully poetic. The growth that Charlotte has to do in five years is extraordinary, but the story is worth it.
I loved how this book brought all the other books together. There is so much information, and so much that Charlotte saw through the years, and it is all brought out in this. The story is extraordinary, although too short for my taste. Fortunately, there is another series that corresponds so I am hoping to immediately pick it up and read about these lovely sisters again!
|Overall:||5 / 5|