Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday Find: Swept Away by a Kiss by Katharine Ashe

ISBN: 9780061965623
Publisher: Avon/2010
Pages: 359

What do expect from a novel which has a hero, who impersonates as a Jesuit priest and a heroine who has a colourful past?

Viscount Steven Ashford has set upon himself to expose to certain nefarious activities. Some very well known people are involved with the sea pirates, smuggling all kinds of stuff, foremost being human trafficking. And Lay Valerie Monroe is returning to her home in England after being away in the US for some years due to some past demeanor.

Pirates attack the ship in which both are travelling, and they are imprisoned together. Steven has to protect her although he can feel the pull of her attraction. He has a difficult task to live up to his guise of a priest. And he knows in order to protect her, he must not meet her ever..

She does reach England but can't forget the French priest. Then he turns up in his true identity. Valerie doesn't know what to believe and somehow falls right in the midst of dangerous adventure yet again. Both have the task to expose the criminals and also to keep their attraction in check....the latter being so difficult.

This novel touches the fringes of slavery and has a good pace. There are steamy scenes but those don't really seem out of place. Works well as a good old romance and for those in between reads.

A question: Why do romances need such covers?


Veens said...

I swear, they could use a cover that can be read in public.
I would feel embarrassed to read this in front of anyone LOL!
Good story :)

bermudaonion said...

I agree with you on the covers - they turn me off.

Sugar and Snark said...

I also want to swept away by a kiss!

Ruth said...

I agree. I really don't like those kinds of covers. I don't read romances for the steamy scenes. I read romances because I enjoy all the other stuff!

Kelli said...

I don't like the covers of romances either---too embarrassing to read in public!

Athira said...

That is one tantalizing cover, and I'm with you, I don't understand why they need a cover like that.