Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Duke's Wicked Kiss by Kathleen Bittner Roth

I recently received a copy of A Duke's Wicked Kiss for review from Entangled Publishing.  I received no further compensation than the book itself.  I love a good historical romance and was intrigued by the use of India as the setting.  I have seen other historical romances that have brief interludes of the British colonials in India but rarely is the entire story set in colonial India.  Check out the cover and the Goodreads Blurb:

Miss Suri Thurston knows the pain of abandonment. Intent on confronting the grandmother who tossed her to the lions, she travels from England to her birthplace in India. Her plans run afoul when she encounters the man who, ten years prior, left a mark on her soul with one stolen kiss. But he is a duke, and far beyond the reach of even her dreams.

The Duke of Ravenswood, secret head of the British Foreign Service, has no time for relationships. His one goal is to locate and eliminate key insurgents involved in an uprising against the British East India Company before it's too late. But when Suri appears in Delhi, his resolve is tested as he finds his heart forever bound to her by the one haunting kiss they shared once upon a time.

With Suri's vengeful Indian family looking for her death, and insurgents intent on mutiny tearing their world apart, can their love rise above the scandal of the marriage they both desperately want?

I loved this book! It felt a slow moving at first but it really grabbed my interest and kept it.  I could not stand to put this book down.  I felt like the intrigue in this book could have been just a touch more plotted out but overall the mystery element was good enough that I did not see it all coming until poor Suri did.  There is a a moment that will tear your heart in two but I don't want to spoil it for you.  I found Suri as a heroine to be interesting and easy to like.  She is so sweet and smart but she can also be her worst enemy.  I think we all know how that can feel!  John was amazing.  I felt for him as he lived his tortured life, constantly haunted by his past.  He is trying so hard to be the man that he thinks that he needs to be to make up for all his past mistakes.  He and Suri are really holding themselves back from the amazing love story that they can have if they would only let someone in.  All in all, I loved every moment of this book and found the ending to be immensely satisfying.

Kathleen Bittner Roth creates passionate stories featuring characters faced with difficult choices, and who are forced to draw on their strength of spirit to overcome adversity and find unending love. Her own fairy tale wedding in a Scottish castle led her to her current residence in Budapest, Hungary, considered one of Europe’s most romantic cities. However, she still keeps one boot firmly in Texas and the other in her home state of Minnesota. A member of Romance Writers of America®, she was a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist.

You can click here to find A Duke's Wicked Kiss on Goodreads. Kathleen Bittner Roth can be found on her website, Twitter and on Facebook. I give A Duke's Wicked Kiss 4 Fairies for a fascinating and rich tale of a life long love sparked by a single kiss.

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