Avon, Nov 2003, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1848 Earl Jared Westbrooke decides to take a breather form his work at the Home Office to go home to see his wife Alexandria. The day after her father died, he married her in Alexandria and left her five minutes after exchanging vows. He expected to make love with her for the first time because he needed an heir. Once he is through with her, he will go on his next mission, making inquiries on the coast involving smuggling of guns into famine-ravaged Ireland.
When he reaches his home, he finds paying guests staying at his lodge. His wife apparently is hosting a fishing tournament and making a lot of money from her customers. He wonders what she is doing with the money. When she fails to recognize him, he goes underground to learn if she is helping the smugglers take weapons to the Irish.
Though the audience will have some problems with Jared's neglectful behavior, fans will gain much pleasure form this delightful Victorian romance. The lead protagonists are an interesting couple as he hides the truth of his identity while she keeps secret her activities. With a fine story line, THE PLEASURE OF HER KISS is a warm historical novel that readers will enjoy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner