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Every Time We Kiss by Christie Kelley


Cover art: Every Time We Kiss Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Every Time We Kiss - 2nd in the Spinster Club series
Author: Christie Kelley
Publisher: Zebra
ISBN-13: 978-1-4201-0352-6
Release Date: March 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical, Regency
Year/Setting: 1816, London
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Christie's Website: www.christiekelley.com

Lady Jennette Selby is firmly on the shelf. Five years ago, she was engaged to marry John when a horrible accident occurred and John died. Now she’s holding a secret shared only with Matthew Harris. And when he becomes the new earl of Blackburn, he comes to collect on the debt Jennette owes him. He needs her influence and help to find a woman to marry. She has to have money to help him save his family estate. Finding that woman proves to be a difficult task, and one that starts making Jennette green with envy. Knowing there’s no way to fix the past. She resigns herself to a future without love.

Christie Kelley has written a charming story for us. I realize this is part of a series, but it stands alone so well that I never realized it was part of a series when I read it. I loved Matthew from the first page. He’s a fake rake and I loved that about him. He’s got the attitude and reputation for being a rake and a scoundrel, but I could see his heart of gold shining bright from the start. Add his good looks and a sense of humor and I wondered why women weren’t throwing themselves at him trying to get his hand in marriage.

Lady Jennette is quite a character. She comes across to the public as demure and sweet, but she can spit fire when she wants to. I love her and her friends and the way they are all cheering each other on. They bring some bright spots into a few dreary situations. Lady Jennette was so fascinating with the mask of sweetness covering over a keen mind, a sense of humor and the ability to drink brandy with the men. Wow, can she ever hold her liquor!

I really didn’t think there was hope for them to get together in the beginning of the book. However, as time went on, I was cheering for them to get together and find true love.


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