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Kiss Of Ash (The Witchblade Chronicles Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

C.J. Archer
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Pippa Ingleside will do anything to escape her ruthless uncle, but even she is surprised when her previously dormant powers aid her. Surprised and afraid. Her newly discovered abilities may have saved her but they condemn her at the same time.

Disguised as a boy, she travels to the home of Lord Ashbourne to find her one and only friend. To maintain her disguise and put a roof over her head, Pippa accepts a job as page of the wardrobe to Ash, a man as mysterious as he is dangerous. If he discovers her lie, he'll send her back to her uncle and her witchcraft will be exposed to the authorities.

As the lies build it gets harder for Pippa to maintain her disguise, especially when she falls in love with the man she must serve.

Her only hope is to find her friend. But when the friend is murdered, Ash investigates and where he goes, his page goes too. Together they uncover a web of secrets that could destroy Ash and condemn Pippa. But that's nothing compared to what happens when he discovers she's a woman...

NOTE: This ebook is included in a 2-book bundle with the prequel, Honor Bound. You can purchase the 2-book "boxed set" of the Witchblade Chronicles at a cheaper price than buying the ebooks individually.

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  • File Size: 604 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UB5T3S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Fun July 20, 2011
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Very fun, funny, entertaining, and even despite the witchy powers, believable. It wasn't ridiculous or eye rolling. The story had a lot of twists and turns that I didn't entirely predict and I thoroughly enjoyed the humor and the characters' banter.

Very enjoyable and very well written. I just don't feel like summarizing the plot right now. LOL

Favorite moment: Ash thinks his "pageboy" is a shy boy and decides to have some fun with what he considers is an awkward teenager... "Go on." Ash waggled his hips to make his (you know what) swing. "We've both got one of these. I'm sure mine looks the same as yours."

OMG. Imagine how embarrassed he will be when he discovers his pageboy is a chick. LOL
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy successor April 9, 2011
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I devoured the first book in this series, and I was interested in seeing what would happen to Ash so I devoured this one too. Unlike the heroine of the first book, Pippa is new to her powers and knows next to nothing about them. Ash is knee deep in his own intrigues, and there is very little of the Merritts in this book. I did like Pippa's conflict as hers was understandable. I didn't like Ash's conflict as much. While Archer solves the problem nicely at the end, I couldn't help feeling like something was lost. And yes, the book was realistic in its solution, but I found the change disappointing to an otherwise smashing success. I guess I read romances for the completely happy endings. Since this was the second time I had read about a witch of Archer's making some of the scenes were easy to anticipate. Still, it is a worthy successor to the first book, and I am genuinely looking forward to the rest of the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the effort to read. November 19, 2011
By Bug167
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I read the first book in the series and felt it was just okay. The characters weren't fully fleshed but enough so one's interest didn't stray too far. It was a pleasant story but had serious faults with pacing, leaving plot lines dangling and introducing characters that are not remotely useful to the narrative. That was nothing compared to this book!

The premise is okay. I could believe that, but the character of Pippa is drawn so ineptly that she seems completely incompetent, ridiculous and childish. Regardless of what's happened before, her continual response to adversity is to run away. How many times does that reaction have to not work for her to realize it's not a good response? Perhaps she should think twice before running away from the only person who is protecting her. It makes no sense for her to blindly run whenever something untoward occurs.

The fact that Ash has his title and lands revoked by the queen is the most ridiculous plot point I've seen yet! If he was formally adopted by his biological mother's husband, then he is the legal heir regardless of who sired him. The queen cannot rescind a title that's legitimate even if the person it's bestowed upon is not. If that person has been legally adopted, he could be the local mudlark's biological son and it would make absolutely no difference whatsoever! He would STILL be the heir to his adoptive father's titles and lands!

Beyond that silliness, the fact that Ash can only utter "God's blood" as an epithet is simply ludicrous! If he's as well educated as his character is supposed to be, why is that the only curse that comes to mind repeatedly? It's just dumb, undramatic and makes his character look like a dolt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun read June 1, 2014
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Enjoyed this read, will look for other books in this series, looks like there are a few more books to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series! October 13, 2013
By bge
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The True Love Brides series is awesome. I just love the idea that True Love can rescue someone and make great things that seemed impossible, possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well developed characters and scenery! April 23, 2013
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I really enjoyed this story. This was a page turner for me and I didn't want to put it down!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it alot! February 27, 2013
By sherry
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C.J. Archer has a clever style and is a quick read. Interesting historic romance - i have found a new author to read this summer.
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More About the Author

C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two with her writing. Under her other name of Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary short stories in women's magazines, and she also writes romantic mystery novels under this name.

She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She has won and placed in romance writing contests including winning RWAustralia's Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript that went on to be released under the title HONOR BOUND. C.J. spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband and two children.

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