A kiss is just a kiss...or is it?
Having just inherited his uncle's viscountcy, George Bennett-Jones is informed by his mistress that he must find a bride, preferably the daughter of an aristocrat. Through a series of lessons, she instructs George on the finer points of meeting and courting a woman of the ton - and she has one in mind for him.
It's love at first sight when George spies Lady Elizabeth Carlington dancing with the Earl of Trenton. But the auburn-haired beauty is quite sure the earl will offer for her hand, and she has every intention of accepting - even if his kiss has her feeling as if she were being kissed by her best friend's dog!
When Elizabeth mentions the unfortunate kiss during the ball's supper, George implies there is an art to kissing, innocently offering to replace her poor first impression with a proper kiss. Intrigued, and unaware that George is a viscount and a secret patron of her charity, Elizabeth accepts his offer at the next ball. George is more than happy to accommodate her. His kiss has the daughter of a marquess so stunned, so amazed and so aroused, she requests that he demonstrate the pleasures that can be had in a marriage bed. Knowing he has only one night to court the woman who has captured his heart, George sets out to prove himself while promising he will leave her virtue intact.
Will the evening of pleasure he has planned for Elizabeth convince her to accept his hand in marriage? Or simply leave her with a vivid memory of what she will be missing should she accept the earl's marriage proposal? The lessons of a mistress prove invaluable in The Kiss of a Viscount.
©2013 Linda Rae Sande (P)2015 Linda Rae Sande
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"Always Promise Her More!"
Everything, basically. First and foremost tho has to be the author's writing for without a great writer you don't get a great story. The characters were very likable and made you want to know more of their story, the plots and sub plots.
Besides everything I have mentioned in the review, I liked the more in dept overview of mistresses of the time. Very fascinating.
No, not that I remember but would love to read other stories narrated by him.
Yes, very definitely but had to listen to it in two sitting for it was fairly long. The time did fly by however.
I am a new lover of Regency romances, never been able to read them but
very much love to listen to them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had everything one
wishes to encounter in a book, mystery, romance, and humor, just to mention a few. The
characters were developed very well. The synopsis had me thinking this would mainly be
one sided, being about the main male character, George, but the the female character,
Elizabeth, had an equally well written story line. The Regency era had many
characteristics I wasn't aware of and I was also informed of the relationship between nobles
and their mistresses. This story showed how a man of the ton had actually loved and
respected his mistress and became friends with her. Gave me a new respect for
mistresses back then. Some were fully taken care of and considered their affair as
employment. So different than today. I highly recommend this audio book, for the writing,
the story line and an excellent narrator.
This was a very good listen. The story premise was a bit unbelievable but the excellent sex scenes and HEA made up for that. The narration was ok, his voice was nice to listen to but there were several points where he paused at the wrong time, throwing off the rhythm of the sentences a bit. I did enjoy the book and look forward to listening to more from this author.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."
This book is very slow. I really did not enjoy this book.
The book was written around a few characters. It should have had more
story. A bit more romance. I really had problems getting into the story and
where it was going.
Not really into the narrator. But he was reading what was written.
A real story. I am not sure what would improve this one. I would not call
this a romance.
I have over 300 books and this one was not one that I would listen to over again.
"A Kiss is just a Kiss"
The Kiss of a Viscount started off slowly. The Earl of Trenton, Gabriel is looking for a wife and has decided to marry Marquess' daughter, Lady Elizabeth Carlington to gain power in the Parliament.
George Bennet-Jones became the Viscount Bostwick upon his uncle's death. George wanted to marry his mistress Josephine but she has refused. Josephine has someone better and suitable for George. Lady Elizabeth Carlington would be perfect for George. Josephine has to teach George the proper etiquette of the tons and politics.
When George met Elizabeth, he fell in love with her. He would court Elizabeth even though he knew that the Earl of Trenton is also courting her and has a higher title and wealth than he does.
Elizabeth thought that all men kissed like dog after the Earl of Trenton has kissed and licked her. George intrigued Elizabeth that there is an art to kissing. His kisses left Elizabeth wanting more.
Elizabeth debated on marrying the Earl for the title, prestige, and wealth versus marrying a Mr. George Bennett, who has no title. It is also the question of marrying and having a husband who would support her charity cause of helping wounded soldiers in finding a job. Elizabeth doesn't realized that George is a viscount and has to find out toward the end of the story.
This is a very unusual story from what I am accustomed to reading. First of all, the story has a mistress who is schooling George for the proper role of a viscount in courting and finding a wife and a member of Parliament. Then there is Gabriel who is arrogant and believes that he a wonderful lover. Most of the story I have read has an alpha who would take control of his destiny and has to learn to compromise with the heroine. The story also started slow before it becomes interesting after reading through one-third of the book.
The narrator, Joshaua Story does a very good job of narrating the story. I do found from time to time that the women characters sound a bit more masculine. Putting this aside, I do enjoy his performance.
I was given this audiobook by the author via Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated or influenced in any way for writing this review.
"Don't do it- not worth your time..."
This was a big dissapointment.
Story: promising premise, but didnt quite deliver on the promise.
There could have been several story lines that could have been developed, but it ended up a simple story, way too long, too repetative, and truly difficult to finish.
Narration: JS has a truly beautiful voice, but did not deliver either. His female voices sounded like a parody. They were whiny and too high. He just didnt get the innuendos right. Also If he continues to read historical romance, he really needs to learn how to pronounce French words. He mispronounced most words from French origin.
Story: 2.5 stars, poor development of charachters and story line.
Narration: 2-2.5 stars.
Romance/sex: good premise for the relationship, descriptive love/sex scenes, but fell short. again, it was too boring to listen to.
Overall: difficult to listen to, drags on, hard to finish. not worth it!
In my opinion, Not worth the credit or your time. If you want a good historical romance listen to Books by Lisa Kleypas, Pamela Clare, Lucinda Grant, Elizabeth Hoyt, Courtney Milan, Mary Balogh, Laura Kinsale, etc.
"Historical Romance with a Modern Woman"
I might listen to it again. The story was original- modern characters in a historical society with historical values.
The beginning of the romance was a little dry. Butter Blond is dastardly, and I wish George made more of an appearance in the beginning. Also, I'd like to hear even more about her charity.
There were a few phrases that were overused- 'bee stung lips', 'soto vocce', and every time someone asks a question, they wonder it.
Elizabeth's relationship with her dad is strange to say the least, and that fact shows up more in the latter part of the book. She's twenty, and she sits on his lap; he is mad over politics and honor more so than her wellbeing with her future husband; and she told her dad that she begged a man to take her virtue??! Weirdest father-daughter relationship ever.
I think he did a great job at that. There were moments when Elizabeth got indignant that I thought he sounded a bit like the Knights of Ni from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Elizabeth's character is hilarious. She's spunky and gets what she wants. She doesn't consider marriage to George until she knows his title, that he has enough money, and that he's great in bed.
You've also got to love Harold McDuff! That was a super high point in the book.
Very nice touch to (spoiler!) have her propose. The end was very sweet.
This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for a review via Audiobook Blast.
"Totally Enjoyed this book!"
I received a free audio copy of this book to write a review. It was extremely well written. It gave insight on how the society worked during that time period. The main female character was both a damsel in distress and an heroine. The male character was a rogue and a prince all in one. It is the tale of a young society girl marrying a complete stranger to save her family name. And a gentleman (hidden viscount) bound by honor to protect the lady and her family from danger as a result of his bad actions.
It tells of honor, love and mystery all in one.
Excellent story line, narrator and author and I would definitely read/ listen to more from both.
"A nice listening experience"
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It was a great example of historical romance...including all of the elements necessary for a great book.
I loved both the hero and the heroine. They came alive for me and I found myself very interested in their story, anticipating the happily ever after.
I didn't have a favorite scene, but the writing brough the setting to life.
I definitely wanted to listen to this in one setting, but real life came calling.
"Great love story"
9 out of 10
Loved the story and subplots.
George...I found myself rooting for him during the book. He was a hero who deserved to win the love of his woman.
No, but he did make the story interesting, which is a good thing.
There were points where I laughed at the characters or the story line.
This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
"this was hard to finish."
Should be renamed 'Mistress' advice'. It was a simple story made more boring by repetition and confusing side stories.
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