Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book Review: the Sweetest Kiss

The Sweetest Kiss by Marie Higgins is just that---a sweet regency romance.

Our hero, Trey Worthington, has been told his entire life that he is just like his father. Unfortunately, his father wasn't an honorable man and Trey watched his mother suffer through a difficult marriage. So, not only does Trey believe he can never have a happy marriage, he's decided he will just never marry. He also carries a lot of guilt over something that happened to his younger brother. Yet, once our tortured hero is introduced to Judith, a young lady that he becomes responsible for, he begins to question everything he thought he'd ever known.

Judith Faraday doesn't feel like she needs a guardian, especially one like Trey whom she is very attracted to. She has endured her parents' death and is carrying a few secrets of her own---including a secret engagement to an officer in the Navy. Things don't go as she planned, however, and she finds herself being introduced into London society, thrust into several situations that have her questioning everything she thought she knew.

I thought this was an enjoyable story and I really wanted to see how Judith would end up. The plot was a bit predictable and some of the language a bit over the top, but I thought the author did a good job in presenting the characters and making the reader identify with them. For those of you who love happy endings, this one wraps up nicely.

Here's the back copy:

Lord Trey Worthington isn’t about to give his heart to a woman. He does not want a marriage like his parents. But when his mother brings in a childhood acquaintance into the home to sponsor into society, Trey has to get Miss Faraday trained properly. The more he gets to know Judith, the more he yearns for something he doesn’t dare reach for. Judith is after a faithful husband—something Trey has been convinced most of his life he’ll never become.

Judith Faraday is only after one thing—to marry her Naval Officer and enjoy a life full of love. She’s doubtful her dream will ever come true while living as the ward to the dowager duchess. However, the longer Judith is with the dowager’s son, Trey, an attraction blossoms. Judith now wonders if God has different plans for her life, because Trey doesn’t believe in the sanctity of marriage . . . the very thing Judith cannot do without.


Debra Erfert said...

This sounds lovely, and I think I'll pick it up if there is a kindle version.

I just finished another regency romance. I really liked the story, but it was, uh, a little irritating to read for all the POV jumping mid-scene. I know this shouldn't darken my fun read, but I know better than to "get into the head" of other characters, however briefly. Because of this, I won't be likely to pick up another of her books again. I doubt Ms. Higgins will be head-jumping. Or am I mistaken?

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Nope, there is no head-hopping in Ms. Higgins The Sweetest Kiss. From what I understand, it is the start of a series for the Worthington brothers and it is on Kindle.

I'm with you on head-hopping though. It takes me out of a scene so fast when I'm trying to remember whose head I'm in. Ugh.

I read another regency over the weekend that I absolutely loved, it was so original and fun, but there were some scenes that were, ahem, inappropriate and skip-worthy. I think that's why I like Sarah Eden's regencies because her stories are so good and I don't have to worry about running across any scenes that would make me blush. :)

Debra Erfert said...

I love Sarah's regency books. And now that I have my kindle I need to download her books too. So many books, so little time . . .

Marie Higgins said...

Julie, I just saw this review on Goodreads today. THANK YOU! I'm glad you enjoyed it.