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The heroine meets a man fleeing her convent. He kisses her, and then leaves. They meet seven years later in London. He wants her, but she has a few problems to work out first.
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Morrow, Dec 2001, 18.00, 288 pp.
ISBN: 006018888X

    In 1776 Paris, Helena de Stansion plans to flee to England to avoid an arranged marriage by her guardian, Comte Fabian de Vichisse. However, duty calls and she tends to her ailing sister. In the garden, she spots an intruder, who unbeknownst to her steals a dagger from her guardian. Surprisingly she helps him escape, but not before he kisses her.

    Fabian uses Helena as a pawn to gain his desires. He agrees to allow her to go to England to marry a duke as long as the noble is wealthier than she is, which limits the field to almost no one. At a London soiree, Helena recognizes Sebastian Cynster whose kiss from that day in the garden still excites her. Sebastian also knows that Helena is the woman he never forgot. Helena tells Sebastian that she seeks a husband and asks him to help her find a spouse. Sebastian knows he loves Helena, but he is not sure how to propose to his beloved. Then there is her guardian holding her sister hostage to insure Helena remains pliable.

    Stephanie Laurens has written six Cynster tales including a NY Times bestseller. Her latest tale, THE PROMISE IN A KISS, is a prequel to the other novels and may be the best of the lot. Besides containing an exciting story line that shows the ”roots” of the Cynster dynasty, the plot has a delightful hero and an intrepid heroine who make this into a fabulous late eighteenth century romance.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   18th century Seduction/coercion/force    -   Yes How seduced/forced?    -   seduction with money/position/power Who is...    -   physically ill Matchmake, (will/family)    -   Yes Matchmaker...    -   matchmake by parent(s) Who seduces whom?    -   man seducing woman Family focus?    -   Yes Family, sick/caring for    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   sensitive

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's    -   60's-90's Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Effect of sexing    -   a better lover    -   scared    -   guilty Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   80%    -   90% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   Vagia talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   3-4 sex acts

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