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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Scoundrel's Kiss by Carrie Lofty

Scoundrel's Kiss by Carrie Lofty
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (361 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

When It Comes To Temptation. . .

Turning his back on his old life as a rogue, Gavriel de Marqueda has joined a monastic order in Spain and taken a vow of chastity. Before he becomes a monk, he must pass one final test: help a woman who has lost her way. But when he lays eyes on Ada of Keyworth, he is tempted beyond measure by her sultry beauty and dangerous curves...

Rules Are Meant To Be Broken. . .

Far from her home in England, Ada has been battling inner demons for more than a year. When she discovers that her only friend has abandoned her, she has no choice but to grudgingly accept Gavriel’s help. But Ada is not fooled. Though Gavriel wears the robes of a monk, Ada sees that he is a virile man who looks at her with a hunger that matches her own--one that begs to be satisfied again and again. . .

Exciting and sensual Scoundrel's Kiss teems with love, longings, political intrigues, power struggles, and dangers of monstrous magnitude.

The undercurrents of cruel, perverse machinations of people in power set Ada of Keyworth and Gavriel de Marqueda on paths that collide. Past hurts, misdeeds, and horrors roar back to life and threaten to engulf them as they struggle to evade their enemies and stay alive.

Raised as a feral child and trained to be a killer to defend the de Silva family, Gavriel seeks redemption in the Order of Santiago. The tests to prove his worthiness have strained his resolve at times but none like the last test of leading Ada of Keyworth away from her addiction and back to her Christian beliefs and life.

Even though Gavriel wears the white robe of the novice of the Order of Santiago, his demeanor, and well-toned body declare him a warrior that asks no quarter and gives none. However, the feisty English woman that had run from her homeland and her misdeeds to live in Spain may be his downfall.

When her protector and friend Jacob leaves Ada unsupervised, she slips over the edge and does whatever is necessary to satisfy her opium addiction—an addiction brought on by taking the drug to ease the pain of putrid wounds inflicted by a sadistic sheriff. Taken from the auction block by Gavriel during a sword fight, Ada comes face to face with her own strengths and weaknesses just like Gavriel does. Both their internal and external battles hold the reader in their grip.

Carrie Lofty takes the reader vicariously through the horrific hell of withdrawal from drug addiction, but she also wraps the reader in the all-consuming lovemaking that sizzles, sings and takes the breath away—not to be missed.

The secondary characters, so well fitted for their roles, show the attitudes, mores, social standings, and the disregard for human life during this time in history.

Carrie Lofty’s writing style makes Scoundrel's Kiss a joy to read while the plot and sub-plots kept this reader turning pages and staying up late. EXCELLENT READING!