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With This Kiss by [Lynne, Victoria]
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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)
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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: 873 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UV98E0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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By A Customer on November 17, 1999
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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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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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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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This - I dont know how else to put it - was often a tedious read. The paragraphs and conversations were way too long and dull at times. And for the most part Julia and Morgan are honest - except when it comes to showing emotions - neither wanting to look a fool. I can excuse Morgan but Julia came in with this I want more from my husband attitude that she should have lead by example. She wanted Morgan to grow to care for her yet remains cold through half or so of the book and turns away whenever he touches her - leaving poor Morgan thinking she is disgusted by his scars.

I think Julia was a hard bone to swallow. She was stubborn, outspoken and spoiled in the sense that things had to be done her way - she wasnt really willing to compromise. She swore she was right and though I appreciated her bluntness - I think it was too much for a woman of her time - even forgetting that her property wasnt hers but her husbands... And what was up with all the shrugging by h/h? I think there were at least a handful of shrugging in every chapter.

Then there was no romance really - trying to solve a mystery together is not a romance. And I could have sworn she had wanted to clear her father's name, right?
Then having two big deal things happen to you (what happened after the trap and the ending) yet the hero chooses to realize that he loves her at the second happening as oppose to the first boggled my mind. Especially since the threat of losing her was always there and made more real after the trap.

There was something else that bothered me- in the prologue- was it ok for one to live with their fiance? Morgan coming to his home to bed his fiance? Not without ruining her reputation, especially since they didnt marry...
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