- Series: Rakes and Rogues of the Restoration (Book 1)
- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Halfpenny House; 1 edition (August 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 099205043X
- ISBN-13: 978-0992050436
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,412,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Libertine's Kiss (Rakes and Rogues of the Restoration) Paperback – August 1, 2010
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When William de Veres turns up at Elizabeth’s home late one night, she asks no questions, but instead takes him in, tends his wounds, and gives him one glorious night of passion. William never knew that Elizabeth’s act of charity cost her greatly. Once Cromwell’s men discover that Elizabeth gave aid to one of Charles’ cavaliers, they seize her family’s estates, thus forcing Elizabeth into an unwanted marriage in order to survive. As a widow, Elizabeth arrives in the Merry Monarch’s court hoping to convince the king to restore her lands. William, now Earl Rivers and the court’s official poet, knows he must help his old friend. He knows exactly how to repackage Elizabeth so that she can capture the king’s attention, but what this infamous libertine doesn’t expect is that he will fall in love with his new creation instead. Fueled by sizzling sensuality and sharp wit, James’ refreshingly different historical deftly re-creates the glittering, colorful court of Charles II while also delivering an unforgettable love story. --John Charles
Fueled by sizzling sensuality and sharp wit James' refreshingly different historical deftly re-creates the glittering, colorful court of Charles II while also delivering an unforgettable love story. --John Charles
-- Booklist starred review
This angsty historical is heartrendingly beautiful, featuring beautiful language and a fantastic setting with a smart heroine and a deeply tortured, flawed hero who turns out wonderfully.
--AAR Desert Isle Keeper
Readers will find this poignant love story enthralling and unforgettable.
--Romantic Times Top Pick
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Judith James writes with such substance and emotional depth, I feel every emotion the characters are going through. Her stories are gritty, messy, passionate and graphically sexual at times but it all serves to create a gripping and engrossing tale. I love her writing style and get totally riveted to her novels even though they can be rough and dark and heart-wrenching. Her characters develop a love that is all consuming and have an intensity you don't normally come across in the typical historical romance.
Libertine's Kiss is set at the time of King Charles II, during the English civil war. I only a little familiar with this era before reading the book but this is one of the reasons that I have grown to love historical fiction so much. I can learn history, which I hated in school, as I read by doing side research. One of the things that I found was that there is great deal of historical accuracy in this novel, which I appreciate.
The main character, Elizabeth, crosses paths with William many times over the course of her life. They were childhood friends, had a brief interlude as adults during the war and reconnected after the war as she needed help re-securing land that was lost. William, later known as Lord Rivers, is close to the King but has also become a womanizer and heavy drinker. Regardless, he is drawn to this woman he has known all of his life and there is a tremendous amount of passion and tension between the two as Elizabeth wishes for him to change his ways while he struggles with the knowledge that he may not be able to give her what she wants and deserves.
This is a fantastic book and, if you've read Broken Wing, you already know that James is a formidable writer. I look forward to many more intriguing stories from this author.