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Just One Kiss Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1996
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About the Author
It was Samantha James's love of reading as a child that steered her toward a writing career. Among her favorites in those days were the Trixie Belden and Cherry Ames series of books. She still loves a blend of mystery and romance, and, of course, a happily-ever-after ending. The award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many romances and one novella, her books have ranged from medieval to Regency.
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At a young age, Morgan O'Connor was forced to be his brother's keeper - a brother who rejected life's responsibilities. Lady Elizabeth Stanton, disinherited, has fled England, and come to Boston to accept Nathaniel O'Connor's recent marriage purpose. Discovering the absent Nathaniel deceived her with lies and pretense, Elizabeth must now consider the somber proposal Morgan is offering. Elizabeth does accept the inevitability and hesitantly she surrenders to this dismal man.
Unfortunately, their relationship and, in particular, the sex scenes are forced and nasty leaving this romance lover uncomfortable. One disturbing example: when Morgan angrily confronts Elizabeth with his suspicion of "brotherly sharing", the blameless Elizabeth acts out the role of a "seasoned courtesan". Yup, I'm sure that's one way to convince a man of your innocence?
Samantha James does attempt some tenderness. She gives, Elizabeth and Morgan, one blissful week, in a secluded love cottage. However, this reprieve is short-lived. Upon their return to Boston and the realities of life, Morgan is again dark and irritable, and Elizabeth simply pushes the right buttons to get his displeasure raging. Her naive tactlessness, her obtuse behavior, and their shared ability to jump to the wrong conclusions are relentless.
In the concluding pages, Morgan's understanding slowly arrives, but it is too little, too late. What a shame, for I found the author's writing to be free and easy. It was the storyline that was dreary.
Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.
Lady Elizabeth and Morgan immediately distrust and dislike each other, however due to a possible scandal, they are forced to marry. Throughout the book, the marriage is strained by distrust and non-communication. Neither Morgan nor Elizabeth ever take the time to learn about each other, and each kept hurting the other in the process.
I did not feel that this couple could ever truly fall in love, and when they discovered, their love it is not believable. I believe the relationship was forced and most women taking the constant abuse from Morgan would have left. This was my first Samatha James novel and I will give her another chance. Hopefully, the other tales will have more romance and love in them.
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Never read any of her books before love this one will be keeping a look out, if all her books are entertaining as this I' purchase again.Published 17 months ago by dabannee Cook Resca
A complex family, H/h relationship in a colony dominated by a religious fanatic, with undercurrents of witchery. Not my favorite topic, but certainly a part of American history.Published on May 12, 2013 by Julie's Bookshelf
First of all it was an enjoyable read. There were twists in the plot, etc. But Morgan's character was so unbelievably brooding and angry and every little thing that it's a wonder... Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Callie W
This novel is definitely one of Samantha James' best. Having been thrilled with "Gabriel's Bride", and a little disappointed with "One Moonlit Night" and... Read morePublished on March 25, 2001