When Crispin, Lord Cavratt, thoroughly and scandalously kisses a serving woman in the garden of a country inn, he assumes the encounter will be of no consequence. But he couldn't be more mistaken, the maid is not only a lady of birth, she's the niece of a very large, exceptionally angry gentleman, who claims Crispin has compromised his niece beyond redemption. The dismayed young lord has no choice but to marry Miss Catherine Thorndale, who lacks both money and refinement and assumes all men are as vicious as her guardian uncle. (Goodreads)
Reviewed by Brooke – Wife, Mother, Reader
This is a bit of a "Cinderella" story (my favorite by the way). Catherine lives in a horrible situation. She is a lady, but under the cruel rule of her uncle. Crispin, a gentleman, kisses Catherine, thinking it harmless. Crispin being the gentleman that he is, agrees to marry Catherine when her uncle insists. The marriage saves Catherine from her situation with her uncle, but now she is married to a stranger.
THE KISS OF A STRANGER has a bad guy, a really good bad guy. The Uncle fills this role well. Crispin is a wonderful hero. He has good morals. He may at times not know what’s right, but he wants to be the true good guy. Catherine is a damsel in distress. Crispin saves her like the Prince saves Cinderella from the Wicked Stepmother. Although Catherine is shy, she and Crispin have some really fun banter. Catherine comes out of her shell when she is not under the rule of her uncle. I like the dynamic between these two characters. One of my favorite characters (besides the hero and heroine), is Crispin's sister, Lizzie. She is a wonderful supporting character, loving and kind when Catherine needs a friend. Another favorite minor character is Philip Jonquil. He is such a good character that the author has written a book with him as the main character. He is witty and adds humor to the book.
Sarah M. Eden writes lovely historical romances and I recommend her books if you like clean romance.
Market: Adult Clean Historical Fiction
Sensuality: Mild, Kissing
Mature Themes: Mild, Bullying by Uncle