Type: Historical Romance
Publisher: Pocket Books
My Copy: Sent
Ashton Burke is a legendary adventurer who has spent the past ten years roaming the globe to forget the girl he left behind. His devil-may-care life is interrupted when he’s hired to rescue his brother’s kidnapped fiancée from a sultan’s harem. Too late, he discovers she is none other than Clarinda Cardew, the very same girl who made off with his jaded heart a decade ago.
The last thing Clarinda wants is to be trapped in a palace of sensual delights with the man whose irresistible kisses still haunt her sleepless nights. Although he vows he is only doing his job, Clarinda quickly realizes that allowing Ashton to rescue her may put her yearning heart in even greater peril. In a journey that takes them from the delicious intrigues of a sultan’s court to the glittering ballrooms of London, Ashton and Clarinda resume the steps of their dangerous dance only to discover the most seductive pleasure of all may be love itself
Ashton wants nothing more then to ignore his estranged brothers pleadings to find his kidnapped fiance. When he finds out the fiance in question in the beautiful Clarinda, though he definitely wants nothing to do with it. She is someone from his past that he really doesn’t want to deal with. He goes after her to find not only her but to finally try to make amends with his brother. When seeing Clarinda brings back old feelings, Ashton starts to wonder if Clarinda is with the right brother after all.
Making the best of things is something Clarinda excels at. She did the entire time she was growing up. Winning people over and making friends has never been hard. Now, kidnapped and engaged to a sultan she is trying to make the situation better…until she can get away. She never expected her savior to be the one man she swore she never wanted to see again.
The Pleasure of Your Kiss is an extremely lushly written historical romance that is sure to please lovers of the genre. Medeiros perfectly blends the language of the time with plenty of emotion. I enjoyed this one for the most part. Clarinda and Ashton were well matched and their push and pull between them worked well.
Clarinda wants nothing more then to forget the rake that is Ashton. After their torid, young love affair he had promised to wait for her and he broke that promise. Years later she is set to marry his brother. I found that odd. Even though Ashton and his brother are estranged there has to be a chance that the man you swear you don’t want to see will come around. It fit well into the plot though so I figure that’s what the author was going for.
So Clarinda and her best friend get kidnapped on their way to meet with her fiance and in turn he calls on his brother to go rescue her, not knowing of their scandalous past. Ashton wants to turn down the job simply because he is under the impression she did not wait for him and not the other way around. Misinformation all around folks.
The sultan that has taken Clarinda declares he is to marry her and add her to his harem of brides. He is not completely what he seems and though he comes off like a jerk the majority of the book, in the end he is surprising. I liked his character and his begrudging ways. Not many characters can pull off evil to decent and yet Medeiros managed to make me care about him and understand his flaws and position he has to uphold.
I think my main dislike was that while I liked the characters, the whole thing was just sort of predictable. I always seemed to know what was going to happen one step in front of when I read it. Because of that I didn’t have this great love for Ashton and Clarinda. I liked them yes, but I didn’t love them. I didn’t have that tingle that I get when I’m so involved in a book that I can’t put it down.
Lovers of historical romance should really enjoy The Pleasure of Your Kiss. From regency England to the sultry desert surroundings lush with riches this book will take you on a journey of discovery, of reigniting past loves and of finding yourself along the way.
I give The Pleasure Of Your Kiss by Teresa Medeiros 3.50 stars!