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With This Kiss [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Lynne
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Book Description

With This Kiss — A Romantic Times ‘Top Pick’!

“Ms. Lynne weaves her magic to bring the reader a bit of poignancy along with a sexually charged romance in this very satisfying historical romantic suspense. Find a place for this one on your special shelf.” —Romantic Times

Nominated for Romantic Times “Best Historical Romance”

“A smoldering Victorian era romance.” —Booklist

“The unexpected twists in Ms. Lynne’s newest historical entertain and satisfy.”
—Publisher’s Weekly.

The Beauty:
All eyes feasted on the beautiful flame-haired gambler in London’s most infamous club. But Julia Prentisse was interested only in the rake-turned-recluse whom they now called “The Beast.” She lured him out of the crowded gaming hell to a deserted warehouse, where she made her scandalous offer: If he married her and protected her from her uncle, she would help him capture the arsonist who had ruined his life.

The Beast:
An act of heroism had left Morgan St.James burned, scarred for life, but Julia’s bold gaze lit other fires he had long suppressed. And now this glorious stranger was his bride. But when he tried to claim his husbandly rights, she demanded three months grace—three months to know a stranger’s mind, to touch a stranger’s soul, to go where no woman had ever gone before. Into his heart…

An Interview with Victoria Lynne:

Tell us about Morgan St. James. What motivates him?

Although the events of his past paint Morgan as a brooding outcast, that’s not really a role he shoulders easily. He’s hard and cynical enough to play the part, but that’s not truly who he is. Scarred physically and emotionally, he withdraws into his sheltered estate, away from the busy whirl of London society. Julia slowly draws him out of his shell. Although he resists her at first, he slowly comes to recognize the light she breathes into his dark world.

Julia Prentisse sounds like a bold little spit-fire ~ what motivates her toward Morgan? Why Morgan?

Actually, Julia fell for Morgan the moment she saw him at her coming-out ball in London. (Unfortunately, the attraction wasn’t mutual. He doesn’t remember ever meeting her!) In any event, when Julia realizes she and Morgan can help each other put their lives back on course, she wastes no time contacting ‘The Beast’ with her outrageous proposal.

Please share anything about this story you’d like ~ maybe a difficult scene or character. Someone or something not cooperating…

A pivotal part of the plot is the hunt for the arsonist who is setting London ablaze. It was difficult to get into his skin without making the story too dark. It was important to me that the arsonist be a human character, not just a stereotypical evil villain. I hope I’ve succeeded!

Do you have anything you would like to say to readers?

Yes: Thank you! I am always thinking of readers whenever I sit down to write. I want them to enjoy reading my work as much as I love writing it. And I always love to hear from them- feel free to ‘like’ me on Facebook or contact me through email!

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Morgan St. James fears he will die unmarried and without an heir, after his days as a rake are cut short by the arsonist's fire that marred his good looks. Julia Prentisse, a precocious redheaded beauty, thinks he is the answer to her prayers, offering an escape from her uncle's oppressive household and the chance to shape her own destiny. When Julia proposes a marriage of convenienceAand a quest to uncover Lazarus, the mysterious arsonistAMorgan accepts. Together they search London society, both high and low, to uncover the criminal's real identity, exploiting Julia's reputation as a zealous social reformer. Lazarus, it seems, believes her to be an ally in his campaign to cleanse the city of sin. The plot gains momentum when Morgan and Julia set an unsuccessful trap for Lazarus and the tables turn on them. As their backgrounds are developed, the deepening affection between the two becomes charming and believable. Although Lynne's (What Wild Moonlight) secondary characters tend to be one-dimensional, the unexpected twists in her newest historical entertain and satisfy. (July)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Morgan St. James is not considered a beast because of the burns that mar his body but because he had too many servants crammed into too little space and many died in an arsonist's fire. When he meets the fiery-haired beauty Julia Prentisse for what he thinks is an assignation, he is surprised to be offered a marriage proposal. The orphaned daughter of a convicted smuggler, Julia's only escape from marriage to a horrible man picked out by her uncle is to marry someone else, quickly. As the recipient of letters from the arsonist, who calls himself Lazarus, Julia is Morgan's only chance to catch the man responsible for the death of so many. Even though Julia agreed to provide Morgan with an heir, she talks him into waiting until they know each other before consummating their hasty marriage. The sexual tension mounts as they search for the arsonist, who they know is moving within their own social circle. The suspenseful search for the killer adds dimension to this smoldering Victorian era romance. Diana Tixier Herald

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  • File Size: 567 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon (June 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UV98E0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Victorian Beauty and the Beast romance! September 14, 1999
By A Customer
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A strong, intelligent, independent-minded, scandal-touched, reformist heroine needs to avoid some seriously skanky suitors being pressed upon her by her stingy, selfish uncle. Her chosen candidate for a husband: A fire-scarred hunk of a peer, a previous rake, a bit of a snob, but a man in need of a good woman, a man whose fiance dumped him for the hero's best friend after the hero nearly lost his life--and a good portion of his epidermis-- in a fatal blaze. The who-done-it is great fun and the romance certainly satisfies. I only have minor quibbles with some story details, which I won't even bother to list. Trust me: A fun read for lovers of romance, and CERTAINLY for lovers of the Beauty/Beast type story (which *I* am).This is the only book of Ms. Lynne's that I've read, but based on my enjoyment of this romance novel, I shall surely seek more.*Mir*
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and Rewarding November 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you've read any of the other reviews, you'd know the basic plot line, so I won't rehash it. I only wanted to let everyone know that this is a really terrific novel. The two characters actually talk to and appreciate each other. None of the ridiculous misunderstandings that are so common in romance literature occur here. Even more refreshing and unusual are the main characters who are not the typical patronizing womanizer and an immature and petulant female. Definitely get your hands on this book.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but the writing needs work August 1, 2011
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I enjoyed this story. The characters were likable, the dialogue was good, and the plot and romance between the leads was well-paced and well-developed. The author did a good job describing setting as well.

On the negative side, the manuscript had amateur errors and the writing could have have been significantly tightened. Characters shrugged way too much. A shrug here or there, i.e. 3 or 4 times in the entire book, would have been okay. As it was, this repetitive (I lost count) and unnecessary motion grew distracting very quickly. Most of the time their dialogue was sufficient to convey their indifference.

The wording of many sentences could have been tightened and thoughts/information condensed. Many times, during a paragraph of exposition, I found myself thinking 'okay...I get it' about half way to 2/3 through. The sentences didn't repeat themselves exactly, but the same information could have been conveyed more concisely. There was also 'telling' at times when 'showing' would have been enough. A good editor or critique partner could have caught this. The author obviously has talent. Polished up, this could have been a killer of a novel.

Another thing that grew distracting was the formatting errors with the Kindle version. Sometimes margins would be indented too far for whole pages. In addition to that, the margins were justified on both sides and many words had been hyphenated--words that were obviously, originally at the end of a line. That's fine in print, but on Kindle (where the reader can adjust font size and thus page count) these hyphenated words, more often than not, appear mid-line and are a stumbling block.

**I don't know if Amazon tests the download (or gives the author the option to) before making it available to the general public. If not, they should.

Anyhow, bottom line, this book is worth your time to read if you can overlook the errors. It's a good, suspenseful wounded hero romance.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely and poignant version of 'Beauty and the Beast' October 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Morgan St. James was horribly burned in the fire that destroyed his home. Although he had managed to rescue a great many people from the flames, he is burdened with grief over those he couldn't save from their fate. Scarred in body and spirit, he has become accustomed to hearing himself referred to as 'The Beast." Bitterly cyncical, he doesn't even disagree with the appellation. Imagine his surprise when he is sought out by Julia Prentisse, a beautiful woman who wants his scarred hand in matrimony! And he is even more surprised when she tries to convince him that her talents as a journalist can lead him to the arsonist who has set the fires that have destroyed so many lives. The subtext of Lazarus, the mysterious arsonist, is an edgy counterpoint to the love story. With Victorian era England as a backdrop, Victoria Lynne has created a perfectly wonderful retelling of the classic 'Beauty and the Beast' tale.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this. January 16, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I could write a long review of this book, but I won't. I will sum it up in as few words as possible. This story contained two extremely likeable characters. The dialogue between them was so entertaining and well worded. I loved every encounter between them. The chemistry between the main characters was all the more exciting due to its realism. Every thing about this novel was real. I loved it, truly I can say it is one of my favorite novels.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect weaving of romance AND mystery July 13, 2011
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I don't remember what drew me into picking this book but somehow I got the sample and after reading that I just couldn't help but want to know how it continued.

I'll admit the reviews bothered me. When I see a book with majority 5 star (I'm talking 4/5) I immediately think I won't like it because I know I'm picky. Plus, with Amazon you just don't know. Authors friends review, people I'm sure get some kind of payment or gift for reviewing, etc. But I took a gamble and it played well because the reviews really ARE true! It's really that great of a book.

Color me surprised when I buy it and actually enjoy it. I'm so skeptical about books these days. What starts out good, slowly loses it's momentum and end up just plain awful. Or after a strong start, so so middle and just an up and down the overall view of the story is lackluster at best.

With This Kiss however was really good from beginning to end. One thing that ALWAYS makes for a great read for? A hero and heroine in a historical that get married EARLY in the book! A-freaking-men! Nothing annoys me more than them dancing around feelings of do I, don't I and a never-ending engagement from beginning to end then a choppy epilogue. I MUCH prefer them getting married THEN the back and forth of feelings because regardless, at the end of they day, they're stuck with each other.

Morgan St. James, the Viscount Barlowe is known as "The Beast" and thinks of himself that way too. A a horrific arson at his home left him scarred inside and out due to his attempt to rescue as many people as possible. Too many servants packed into too small a house made him beastly as an employer for not taking care of his servants. As cruel irony goes, Morgan was saved for the most part from the fire.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I prefer other types of books but this was well told with interesting characters.
Published 4 days ago by David B
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical romance/arsonist mystery
I liked this more than I thought I would, it kept my interest throughout. Though primarily a romance, the subplot about the arsonist was quite strong. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Red, Red, they call me Red
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Beauty and reluctant Beast
Well written historical novel with characters I could bond with. Loved Julia's spirit and Morgan's vulnerablity. Good engrossing summer read.
Published 22 days ago by S. F. Howell
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
The characters were interesting and their conversations were also engaging. I like how the story unfolded. Kept me wanting to read and read until the end.
Published 1 month ago by mama pooh
3.0 out of 5 stars okay read
I've read several books by Victoria Lynne and still can't decide how well I like her writing. I seem to get "bogged" down in the beginning and do a lot of skim reading,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ralph Gentry
3.0 out of 5 stars Beauty Fantasizes over The Beast
My favorite books are the ones where the H/h get together early in the book. Morgan and Julia made quite the pair. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Bennet
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful
This story was a fun read just perfect for a get away from worries of daily toil and trouble. I enjoyed the characters, and thankfully their problems were solved for a perfect... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ardy B. Mattox
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Independent Heroine
Sucker for a Beauty & the Beast theme, though the author was careful to point out that it was society's perception of the condition of the house where his servants lived and also... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kath
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok read
There are some nice little deviations from the usual formula for this book, the way it starts and the fact the characters (generally speaking) treat each other with respect and try... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Yotafura
5.0 out of 5 stars She Proposes, He Accepts - Let the Love Story Begin...
Morgan St. James was a handsome, wealthy rake. The operable word is WAS. He had everything going for him until the fire. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Linda Jean
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More About the Author

VICTORIA LYNNE is the author of five traditional (100,000 words +) historical romance novels. She's received two RITA Award nominations, and has consistently earned Romantic Times' coveted "Top Pick" award.

She also writes "Hot Historicals" (50,000 words+) under the pen name AVA ARCHER PAYNE. These shorter, steamier novels combine the best-loved historical romance elements with a bit more erotic spice.

All of her novels are now available on Kindle. She loves to hear from readers! Please feel free to message her on Facebook. Happy reading to all, and thanks for visiting her page!

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