One More Kiss (Pennistan #5) by Mary Blayney
April 30th 2013 by Bantam Books
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Dispatched by their ambitious father to snag a titled husband, Beatrice Brent and her twin sister, Cecilia, attend a house party with an array of eligible gentlemen. Defiantly ignoring her father’s wishes, Beatrice flirts shamelessly with Lord Jessup Pennistan, a gamer with scandal in his past—and the one man her father has warned her against. But when flirting goes too far, Beatrice suddenly finds herself engaged and, worse, estranged from her family. Though convinced that her fiancé’s wicked ways will bring nothing but heartache, Beatrice is powerless against Jess’s masterful seduction and the anticipated delights of the marriage bed.
A gambling man who has lost more than his family is willing to forgive him for, Jess quickly realizes that compromising Beatrice was the best mistake he ever made. But to keep her he must right the wrongs of the past, reclaim his lost fortunes, and place the boldest wager of his life. For now he has everything to win . . . and everything to lose.
3 out of 5 Goodreads Stars
I picked One More Kiss up because I love historical fiction novels. Also it was the fifth in a series, but you didn’t need to have read the other books to understand this one, which I thought was quite nice.
While reading this book, I noticed that Blayney spent a lot of time describing things that could have been over in a paragraph. Example: The chicken race. It went on for a few pages but wasn’t integral to the plot and slowed things down.
Cecilia was the most annoying character in the book. She was said to be the prettiest of the two sisters and yet, she hated people making comments about her appearance because she didn’t want to be ‘just pretty’, which is fair enough. But she would always make a fuss if you commented on the way she looked, even if it was favourable. Also, she was very gullible which is actually pointed in the book.
During the book, Cecilia and Beatrice engaged in what they called, ‘Twin telepathy’. I found it to be ridiculous and unnecessary. They would have conversations just by looking at each other. high unbelievable.
The romance…was instant. Can you hear the sighs already? I won’t dwell on it because then this would become a negative review.
I liked that One More Kiss had several plot lines, it wasn’t just centred around Beatrice even though she was the main ‘voice’. And towards the end, an event happened that I wasn’t expecting and helped to pick up the pace a little.
Overall, a little disapointing but worth a shot if you enjoy historical romances 🙂
[Thanks to Bantam Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ecopy of this book in return for an honest review.]
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