Stolen Kisses - Avon Historical Romance Author:Suzanne Enoch A FROSTY MAIDEN — Jack Faraday, the Marquis of Dansbury, is rich, titled, and handsome as sin. A scandalous rake who's charmed a long string of ladies, he finally meets his match in Miss Lilith Benton. When the emerald-eyed, raven-haired beauty publicly snubs him, Jack is furious and vows to exact revenge by melting the young lady known as the Ic... more »e Queen.
Intent on restoring her family's good name, Lilith wants only to make a respectable marriage. So when the tempting but notorious Jack begins to woo her, she is determined to ignore him. Then their accidental involvement in a duke's mysterious death forces Jack and Lilith to become conspirators to clear their names -- and suddenly cold and disdain gives way to hot desire. Now just as Jack discovers an unexpected urge for respectability, London's most proper miss is trying to remember just what's wrong with stolen kisses and midnight escapades.« less
Eh. This story was slow and uninspired. The explanation for Jack's previous killing was pretty lame, he wasn't the strongest hero I've ever read. Lilith was kind of boring and silly and while the huge age gap is often done in historical romance, somehow when the girl is 18 it just feels creepy.
I completely disagree with the reviewer who says it is filled with steamy sensuality. It is absolutely not. Enoch writes very brief, somewhat expurgated love scenes in her historical romances. I think if you are accustomed to reading Regency that has a kiss on the lips as the most sexually titillating scenes, then that reviewer is correct. But this is no where near the type of love scenes in a Mary Balogh or Lisa Kleypas book.
I LOVED Suzanne Enoch's contemporary mystery series about Samantha Jellicoe. Her historicals just don't work for me. The writing, pacing, characterization is so much weaker, it's almost like it is an entirely different author.