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Desiree is a medieval grifter. As a child she was sold to master thief Hubert Kabayn so her parents could pay taxes. Now Desiree is on her own after Hubert, her mentor, has been hanged as a murderer. She vows to make Nicholas Grimshaw, the shire-reeve of Kent, pay for his death. Nicholas, who with his bag of torture tools is feared by all, is actually kind to a fault. He promised to look after Hubert’s “granddaugher,” so he allows Desiree to move in and keep house for him. As the two antagonists try to live together, they also delve into why Hubert would have been framed, and Desiree tries to discover what the hidden key he had given her opens. Desiree and Nicholas both are sexy, interesting, and atypical characters whose unique story will enthrall readers, and McKerrigan’s depiction of thirteenth-century Kent excites the imagination. --Diana Tixier Herald
"McKerrigan has crafted her tale like a bard's ballad, capturing the era with rich detail and feisty characters." (RomanticTimes.comKathe Robin on DANGER'S KISS 2008-01-00)
I happened across this novel in a Hastings while browsing for a movie to rent, and I'm happy to say I found an author I plan to keep reading if her other novels are anything like this one. Danger's Kiss has everything I want in a book--romance, a hunky alpha hero, a spunky heroine, a bit of danger, intense attraction, a historical feel, and, of course, a happy ending. Sarah McKerrigan does a fantastic job of creating a historical setting. So many historical romances today read more like contemporary romances. If I wanted contemporary, I would buy contemporary. McKerrigan uses just enough historical wording to bring the reader into the year 1250 without it becoming cluttered and hard to read. Both hero and heroine are well developed, making me care enough about them to want them both to find love and happiness. Nicholas Grimshaw, the shire-reeve of Kent, is all alpha male with a heart he keeps well hidden. Desiree Kabayn is a petty thief who steals and cheats in order to live. To say the least, these two opposites clash head on when they are thrown together and sparks fly. The plot is a bit different which I found refreshing. I was pulled into the story right away and couldn't wait to read more. I have very little time to indulge in reading these days, but I found myself pushing that time limit because I just couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good historical romance. I truly loved the book. With all the controversy surrounding reviews lately, I was hesitant to even bother posting one; however, I felt the author deserved kudos for such a well put together novel and wanted to spread the word. I gave Danger's Kiss 5 stars because I honestly felt it deserved it. It's my opinion so take it for what it's worth.
Desiree of Canterbury is a cheat, distractingly charming, but still a cheat. Nicholas Grimshaw is the shire-reeve of Kent. Sworn to enforce the law, by any means necessary, he is also Desiree's new employer, thanks to a debt of honor. Feared by everyone, he is surprised, and irritated, that Desiree intentionally tries to make his life miserable. Desiree learns there is another side to the tortuous shire-reeve and must convince him she has changed her ways. She has only hours to do it, for she hangs at dawn and Nicholas is her executioner.
Let me start by saying, if you have any preconceived ideas of historicals, romance novels, predictable titles, you are dead wrong with this book.
Ms McKerrigan does a brilliant job with the characters in this book. More than equally matched, Nicholas and Desiree are a wonderful complement to each other. One thing that I loved is that the characters were thinkers. The author doesn't resort to standard solutions to solve their problems. Very refreshing. I never knew what was going to happen next.
There were believability issues with a few details toward the end, but it wasn't enough to spoil my feeling for the book.
I loved the point of view approach Ms McKerrigan used in this book. By using this method, I felt like I knew each character's thoughts and emotion without feeling the de-je-vue of a repeated scene. And it was all done without head hopping.
The pace of this book...my my my. Top dead center! Whenever a story slows down, I skim to the dialogue until the action picks back up. Not here. I read all of it. Although there is action throughout the book, during the quieter scenes, they were so well done, I wanted them to continue forever.
This was an excellent read and an author to look for.
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I have read several books by the sassy and ever fabulous Sarah McKerrigan and this is by far the most entertaining. I should not have started it before I went to work one morning. For me this was a book I wanted to sit and read in one sitting and well, the car got hot sitting in it reading during my lunch break. McKerrigan writes historical romance novels that are well researched but not difficult to follow like some (and no footnotes!) This one is set in 13th century England.
What I like most about these books is that they all feature strong and sassy weapon-wielding heroines. Desiree is no exception. She's a thief by trade, with a quick tongue and light fingers. Nicholas is the local law man everyone fears. But he tries to be a just and swift lawman and on the eve of a hanging promises to take care of the victims granddaughter -- totally unaware of what he's just agreed to. Instead of an orphaned waif, he has just inherited a fiery, passionate thief. Quickly and in a humorous manner Desiree wins over his cat and takes over his house. Instantly the two clash but slowly they both find that they understand each other, since they are both misunderstood by others. Desiree is also on a quest to discover who really committed the murder that got her mentor/ "grandfather" hung and makes a powerful enemy. In the end the two of them have to work together to pull of the ruse of their lives if they are going to save theirs.
This Medieval historic is like nothing I've ever read. It's as much as mystery as a romance which makes it twice as entertaining. It has substance, it's compelling, and it captures the era in detail that leaps off the page. Their journey from enemies to friends and lovers is grounded and realistic but amusing.Read more ›
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