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An Affair with Mr. Kennedy (Gentlemen of Scotland Yard) Mass Market Paperback – January 31, 2012

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Editorial Reviews


“An intriguing debut. . . . A satisfying romance featuring a genuinely original pair of lovers and sparkling supporting characters against an unusual social and political background.” —Publishers Weekly

“The sexy, smart characters will appeal to modern readers as much as the suspense. Their repartee and sensuality heat up the pages, promising a treat for readers.” —RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

“An exciting mystery mixed with steamy romance.”—Fresh Fiction

“A brilliant historical romance that is totally different from the type you may be used to. . . . A totally delightful and provocative story. . . . Will grab your attention and keep you enthralled all the way to the end. This one’s a keeper!” —Romance Reviews Today

“Sizzling hot. . . . An exciting, mysterious historical romance suspense that will steal your heart.” —Romance Junkies (5 ribbons)

“A romance in every sense of that word. . . . Perfectly balanced between pace and plot but always and without a doubt character driven to a point that a reader is living the emotions of the characters and feeling the danger around them.” —bookworm2bookworm

“Intriguingly suspenseful with unique dilemmas and a number of dangerous risks. . . . Stone has created a noteworthy setting for the series, one that is continuously attention-grabbing. Part romance and part mystery with a hefty dose of suspense, where each moment of the novel is imaginatively captivating.” —Single Titles

“...grips the audience from the moment we meet the lead couple...the relentless diligent detective and his courageous equal make the first Gentlemen of Scotland Yard a heated affair."—Genre Go Round Reviews

“An intriguing, well-written romance, this is definitely a must read. Loads of fun and entertainment!”—Historical Novel Review

“Jillian Stone brings 1887 London to life with characters that are smart, sexy and perfect for each other...the mystery will keep you flipping the pages.”—Rogues Under the Covers

“...larger than life and over the top in a fun, sexy, and explosive way.”—Edwardian Promenade

"You will race against time, fall in love, and get swept away as Stone takes you into a heart-pounding world of intrigues and an unforgettable love story...Explosive from beginning to end...a truly remarkable read..."—Romantic Crush Junkies (5 quills)

"A great start to an inventive series from a fresh new voice. Jillian Stone is a new favorite for me and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next in A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis.”" —Night Owl Reviews (4 1/2 stars)

"An amazing debut novel. A fast paced, action packed, adventure filled, nail-biting, story of love. A must read!"—My Book Addiction Reviews (5 stars)

About the Author

Jillian Stone was the winner of the 2010 RWA Golden Heart for historical romance—an award given to unpublished writers. She also writes a steampunk series for Kensington books. Visit her at GJillianStone.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Gentlemen of Scotland Yard
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Original edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451629001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451629002
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Kelly on April 7, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed at Another Look Book Reviews

It was An Affair with Mr. Kennedy's cover that drew me in. It is quite beautiful. I also was really intrigued by the time setting of London 1887. I haven't actually read many Victorian romance novels and I have to say, I think I will look into reading more. I like that time period was a bit more technologically advanced than the Regency era. I also read a wonderful blog post (but I can't remember who's blog) where Cassie and Zak played the Newlywed Game. I loved them as a couple and their banter & chitchat made me want to know them more. So those are the direct reasons for me picking up and buying An Affair with Mr. Kennedy.

I loved the conversation and chemistry between Cassie and Zak. In fact that particular banter that I read on that blog was very accurate and I immensely enjoyed reading about the pair. I really liked Zak. He seemed so serious and a bit stiff at first but his wit made perfect appearances. I loved how frank he could be with Cassie and how she made him lose his proper self.
He exhaled. "I'm having wicked thoughts about you. Was that charming?"
"In a wolfish sort of way."
That charming bit of conversation happened just upon entering a packed ballroom. I loved it!

The interesting part of reading about 1887 is how the women's movement was much more advanced than my more normal reads of the Regency era. I got a really good taste of the how the women were making their way in the world. Cassie and her mother Dr. Oliva Erskine were women before their time. Cassie's mom was a respected doctor and at the beginning of An Affair with Mr. Kennedy, Cassie is visiting the hospital where her mother, Dr. Erskine practices.
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This is the debut novel of Jillian Stone's, The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series. It takes place in 1887 London.

Detective Inspector Zeno Augustus Kennedy, also known as Zak, works for Special Irish Branch, a division of Scotland Yard that primarily investigates anarchists. He is in the process of trying to track down some suspected arsonists, Fenians, who have been planting large amounts of dynamite throughout the country. Many people have been hurt or killed by the explosions of the placed dynamite, including Zak's mistress, a very popular actress, Jayne Wells.

Widow Cassandra St. Cloud, also known as Lady Rosslyn and Cassie, had just emerged from a lengthy mourning period as was the custom of those times. She is ready to begin her life again and get on with her teaching of art students and the progression of her own painting. Her emerging independence is exemplified by her desire to reside on her own and Cassie has currently taken possession of a home that is adjoined to her landlord, Mr. Kennedy. It also seems Cassie has several connections to the suspected arsonists, known at the Bloody Four, and their companions, unbeknown to her.

When Zak and Cassie's world collide will either person be the same?

"An Affair With Mr. Kennedy" is an intriguing novel of mystery, romance, historical notations, and humor.

Cassie emerges as a fiercely independent woman that is way ahead of her time. She smokes cigars on the sly; wears riding clothes when on her horse, as opposed to the traditional skirts and side-saddle technique; and rides her bicycle out in public in pants, causing quite a stir - good and bad - with the local men.
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The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. ~Roseanne Barr

Jillian Stone delivers a Victorian heroine who is willing to take power in AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY. Cassandra St. Cloud discards her widow's weeds, leaves her aristocratic in-laws, and rents a townhouse owned by, and next to, Zeno Kennedy. Sexual tension ignites as they ride, walk, and dance their way to passion. Their liaison serves multiple purposes for Zeno - the primary being a cover to interact with Cassie's suspicious brother in law. Yet, Cassie sparks a light into his dreary life as a "Yard Man." Likewise, Cassie finds herself living the emotions (and adventures) that she often paints.

From page 1, Stone envelopes the reader in sophisticated dialogue that captures the charm of the Victorian Era and the awe of the Industrial Revolution. The author hits the mark as Cassie and Zero discover achievements in forensics and medicine. Stone also tackles social issues that are often overlooked in historical romances - women's rights, sexual freedom, and growing anarchy across Europe. AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY creates excitement in a modern reader to live first hand through the later years of the Victorian era as life becomes easier but also dangerous.

Highly recommend to readers who enjoy Amanda Quick, Sherlock Holmes, and even Downton Abbey (as Stone includes the events of the Victorian Era that shape the Edwardian Era).

I received an ARC from Pocket Books for this review.
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