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"Another totally perfect Regency romance from this talented author." -- Fresh Fiction, Reviews, Historical romance, December 2006

A Romantic Times Top Pick! "... a powerfully emotional, steal-your-heart story... This magical romance not only warms your heart, it raises your temperature too. Brava! " -- Romantic Times, December 2006

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In three years on the marriage mart Grace Merridew has never met a man whose kiss stirred her senses. So she makes plans for a life of adventure instead -- to see the moon rise over the pyramids of Egypt and dance amid the marble ruins of Greece. But first she has to help a friend...

Grace's timid friend is being forced to marry Dominic Wolfe, who stands to inherit a huge estate when he weds her. The Wolfes have a terrible reputation, and if there's one thing Grace cannot stand, it's a girl being bullied. When her friend begs for help to escape the marriage, Grace agrees to act the chaperone on their visit to the groom-to-be. But when they arrive nothing is as they expect, and Grace soon finds herself being pursued by a big bad Wolfe -- with strictly dishonourable intentions...


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Product Details

  • Series: Merridew Series (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425213455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425213452
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning author, Anne Gracie, spent her childhood and youth on the move, thanks to her dad's job, which took them around the world. The gypsy life taught her that humor & love are universal languages and that favorite books can take you home, wherever you are.

As well as writing, Anne teaches adult literacy, flings balls for her dog, keeps bees and enjoys reading, music, cooking and her tangled garden.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on January 17, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A fan of Anne Gracie's, I had been looking forward to this final chapter in her Merridew sisters series. And how I wish that I could report that "The Perfect Kiss" concludes the series on a high note! The uncomfortable truth of the matter is that while "The Perfect Kiss" starts off really strong, it, unfortunately, disintegrates, in my opinion anyway, into a bit of a mess.

The plot for "The Perfect Kiss" is an oft used and very traditional one: thanks to her father's machinations, timid and impoverished Melly Pettifer finds herself suddenly engaged to the rich and forbidding Dominic Wolfe; horrified at the prospect of marrying someone whom she doesn't love and who is insistent that theirs will be a marriage in name only, she turns to her beautiful and well dowered good friend, Grace Merridew to help her get out of this marriage. And while Grace isn't too sure as to how they are going to accomplish this, she finds herself agreeing to help and accompanying Melly and her father to Wolfstone Castle, disguised as a lady's companion. The last thing Grace expected was that she would find herself so dangerously attracted to Dominic Wolf -- or that for her feelings would be so powerfully reciprocated! Has Grace Merridew finally fallen in love? And could the girl who secretly believes that she is not worthy of love actually be loved for her own sake?
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Misuzmama on January 3, 2007
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Grace Merridew has always longed for adventure. Her greastest desire was to travel the world; sail into Venice at dawn or ride a camel in Egypt, only those things would have to wait, that is until she got her timid friend Melly Pettifer out of being forced to marry Dominic Wolfe, Lord D'Acre. Disguised as a maid-companion, Grace sets off with Melly and her father to Wolfestone. When she arrives, its nothing as she expected. The dismal grand castle, devoid of servants, is on its way towards crumbling. The local villagers believe in all sorts of strange folklore. And to top it off, Grace initially mistakes Lord D'Arce for a gypsy. Apparently, its the handsome, tanned, rake-ish gentleman's-with-the-wolf-eyes first visit to his ancestral home as well. Well that's strange! And so are the feelings that Grace has to hide anytime she's around the big bad Wolfe, who decides to make her his delectable prey. A pursuit that will definitely turn into an adventure of a lifetime.

This is a wonderful book. My favorite of the Merridew sister series, although it can be read as a stand alone. Dominic is a fantastic hero, a strong minded man out for revenge against his father. He takes no prisoner's and takes what he wants -Alpha male all the way without being cruel or uncaring. He pursues Grace with a passion creating lots of smoldering sexual tension and several very good love scenes. Strong willed Grace, on the other hand, does her best to avoid any romance, he's her friends fiance for goodness sake! But its difficult when Dominic akins his mission to that of a wolf stalking and taking its prey... -and the lady has been warned!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scrivenera on February 17, 2007
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Having read and mostly enjoyed the previous books in Anne Gracie's Merridew Sisters series, I really wanted to like this one. Unfortunately, I found too many aspects problematic and disappointing.

First of all, "The Perfect Kiss" can't seem to make up its mind whether it wants to be a Gothic, a fairy tale, a Manipulative Will story, or a road romance with touches of the exotic. It combines elements of all of the above--a rich, beautiful heroine disguised as a dowdy companion, ancient prophecies trembling on the brink of fulfillment, unreasonable legal conditions forcing two painfully incompatible people together, and a night spent in a harem--but not that successfully. The book might have gotten away with tackling two subgenres, but four?

The characterizations present another difficulty, especially within the context of the plot. In a nutshell: glamorous Grace Merridew masquerades as the aforesaid dowdy companion to help her timid best friend, Melly Pettifer, resist an arranged marriage to a mysterious, much-traveled lord only to fall in love with the prospective groom herself. While not very original, the bare bones of the plot seem serviceable enough -- except that at least one key relationship never rang true for me. Although I was told repeatedly that Grace and Melly were best friends, I felt that I was never shown WHY they were close or what drew them together, despite their different personalities. It was never clear to me why Grace would go to such trouble to help the spineless Melly, and their so-called connection is further weakened by the ease with which Grace repeatedly dallies with Melly's betrothed.
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