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A Duke's Wicked Kiss (Entangled Select) [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Bittner Roth
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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A Duke's Wicked Kiss by Kathleen Bittner Roth:

While on a secret mission for the Crown, a proper duke falls for an improper daughter of an Indian royal and British noble.

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?



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 A "PULL THE FIRE ALARM" ROMANCE WITH DEATH MAYHEM...Entertainment News

Ms. Bittner Roth stays faithful to the traditions, the sensibilities and the language of the era. It's superbly written, captivating, and in my opinion, has all the makings of a classic...Monique Daoust...Goodreads

The author does a great job with the characters and with the plot. It is a great story you can really get into that is not full of fluff -- Racing To Read Reviews

...a sweeping tale of new and foreign lands. Of lust sparked that turned to love. Of old hurts put to rest for both characters. I thought John was an amazing hero and Suri was sometimes frustrating, but that is what made the plot so thoroughly engaging...Kiltsandswords Reviews

I loved it and I think it is a must read for historical romance lovers...Wrecked_Life's review




About the Author

Kathleen Bittner Roth writes evocative Victorian romance featuring characters 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 PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, she was a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1680 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Select (August 26, 2014)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HP1I7JS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An AMAZING book!! August 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
It took me a while to get to this book and I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner. This was such a wonderful book. My emotions ran the full gamut – fear, happiness, frustration, disappointment, elation. The story is so masterfully told that you feel that you are in the great palaces of India, the lush fields of England and in bed with these two lovers.
Suri is an illegitimate daughter of an English duke and a high caste Indian woman. She was raised with her English family after her father saved her from an honour killing in India by her own family. She has lived a life of privilege and wealth, yet not quite fitting in. Her sister Marguerite is very close in age and the two are inseparable. As young ladies, they encounter a handsome man in their stables who teaches them about kissing. This sets the stage for the lifelong love between John and Suri. His kisses enflame her and she seeps into his blood and consciousness.
Ten years later, the story picks up as Suri goes to India to visit her sister who has moved there with her husband. When reading about the British life in India, I was conflicted about colonialism and what it meant to the average India person who had to bow and scrape to survive with the foreigners who tried to rule their land. The author addresses this and more. From the moment Suri arrives there is danger in the form of a rebellion by the sepoys. This coming rebellion puts a time limit on how long Suri and family can remain in India.
I loved how the author described the beauty of India, from the furniture to the verdant foliage to the beautiful clothing native to the country. She really made India seem as exotic and beautiful as it truly is.
At a gathering to welcome Suri, she encounters John, now Duke of Ravenswood and his pet Cheetah Shahira.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! August 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Miss Suri Thurston and her half sister, Marguerite, are caught talking about kissing by Lord John Fairfax. He decides to teach them what kisses should and should not be allowed by proper young ladies. He delivers a quick peck to Marguerite but with Suri, he delivers a kiss that neither will soon forget.

Ten years later John, now the Duke of Ravenswood, encounters Suri in India. He is there on a mission for the Crown and she is there to visit her sister and to finally meet her other family. They soon find that their attraction to each other has not dimmed in their ten years apart.

What happens when their missions collide? Will their love survive?

This is the second book I've read by Roth and I definitely want to read more! Both of her novels had OMG moments that kept you wanting more. I couldn't put the book down because I had to find out what happened next.

The physical attraction between the H/H was off the charts and the author did a wonderful job of building up the tension between them. I think it always adds to the excitement of the romance when there is an added amount of mystery to the story. In this case we had several plot lines that popped up. It definitely keeps the reader on their toes.

Rarely do you see a historical romance that features a heroine that is not of European descent (in this case she was 1/2 European and 1/2 Indian). It was nice to get out and away from the ton and see other things that were happening in the world during this period of time.

If you are looking for something to read that is not your typical historical romance, this is the book for you!! It had all the things that you love about the genre, but without the typical setting and or events.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly Good August 26, 2014
Format:Paperback
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?

One question that had me stumped throughout the whole book: Why is there a ship on the cover? This is not a story about shipping, ocean travel or pirates. This is a very different sort of story and not a typical Historical Romance. Suri is the product of her father's affair with an Indian woman who was killed by her family for giving birth to Suri. Suri was left to be eaten by lions (a baby eaten by lions - how barbaric!) by her mother's family but rescued and raised by her father and his wife who accepted her as her own. Suri was never treated differently than her half-sister and brothers, but she always knew she was half-caste and that while her family might not treat her differently, society will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To many oh.
How many out there thought if they heard the word " oh" used one more time they would scream? The book was good, but the narrator was not so good.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding writer great read! Can't wait for her next book
Read first two book .Outstanding writer great read! Can't wait for her next book.
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I loved this book the intrigue, the conspiracy and romance story all tied up together in a pretty bow. I was invested in both the romance and the political situation in India. Read more
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I cannot say enough great things about this book. From the onset I was intrigued by Miss Roth's use of imagery, her voice, and the story itself. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... Duke’s Wicked Kiss by Kathleen Bittner Roth is a beautifully...
A Duke’s Wicked Kiss by Kathleen Bittner Roth is a beautifully written romance that takes the reader from the English countryside to the tea plantations of India and back in a... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is fantastic! I was left wanting more
This Book is fantastic! I was left wanting more. It was so captivating and exciting I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Borderlands Bookstore
5.0 out of 5 stars This is much more than just a shallow, sexy love story.
The cover is very misleading. This is much more than just a shallow, sexy, love story. I loved it all: the main characters, the setting in England and India in the mid19th... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Indy Lindy
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great writer you have in Kathleen BIttner Roth
A Dukes Wicked Kiss was outstanding. What a great writer you have in Kathleen BIttner Roth.
Published 7 months ago by Nancy Linehan
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Ride--A Truly Unique and Fascinating Read
A Duke's Wicked Kiss is a delightful, sexy tale whose twists and turns I did not see coming. I loved the heroine, found the hero intriguing and sexy, and, above all, I found the... Read more
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More About the Author

Once Kathleen Bittner Roth realized making a living was not the same as making a life, she blazed her own trail by founding a successful well-being center, walking on fire, marrying in a castle in Scotland, scuba diving in dangerous waters, and learning to ride her Arabian horse English style. She has somehow managed to live in six U.S. states and several foreign countries.

Kathleen considers writing historical romance a wonderful venue for creating characters faced with difficult choices, and who are forced to draw on their strength of spirit in order to overcome adversity and find unending love. She has been a frequent guest on radio, television, and on various writing blogs. She is a member of Romance Writers of America®. She has won or been a finalist in numerous writing contests, including the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart Contest® with her book A Duke's Wicked Kiss. You can find Kathleen on Facebook, Twitter: @K_BittnerRoth; Goodreads and Pinterest. Visit her website at www.kathleenbittnerroth.com.


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