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One More Kiss ❰Ebook❯ ➤ One More Kiss Author Mary Blayney – Polishdarling.co.uk Mary Blayney, the acclaimed author of Courtesan s Kiss, returns to the Pennistan family with this new historical romance the delectable story of a free spirited beauty with no interest in marriage who Mary Blayney, the acclaimed author of Courtesan s Kiss, returns to the Pennistan family with this new historical romance the delectable story of a free spirited beauty with no interest One More PDF \ in marriage who gets than she bargained for when a seductive kiss leads to the possibility of love 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 fianc 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 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.


10 thoughts on “One More Kiss

  1. Beth Beth says:

    Beatrice and Cecilia Brent don t come from a titled family but their father has made his fortunes as a mill owner The Countess of Haven has agreed to sponsor the twins and decided to get them adjusted to the ton by hosting a house party Beatrice is attracted to Lord Jessup Pennistan, a man surrounded by scandal Even though her father and the countess both warn her off Lord Jessup, Beatrice finds herself engulfed in scandal as wella scandal that could destroy both her and her sister s debut Beatrice and Cecilia Brent don t come from a titled family but their father has made his fortunes as a mill owner The Countess of Haven has agreed to sponsor the twins and decided to get them adjusted to the ton by hosting a house party Beatrice is attracted to Lord Jessup Pennistan, a man surrounded by scandal Even though her father and the countess both warn her off Lord Jessup, Beatrice finds herself engulfed in scandal as wella scandal that could destroy both her and her sister s debut into society before it even begins.One More Kiss immerses you into the daily politics and intrigue of a post Napoleon England This is a very detailed and slow growing story Verbal banter and social niceties prevail prominent in this plot An enjoyable, easy, entertaining, historical romantic read, One More Kiss is a great way to spend your day.This ARC copy ofOne More Kisswas given to me by Random House Publishing Group Bantam Dell Publication Date April 30, 2013.


  2. Caz Caz says:

    I really struggled to finish One More Kiss Even though I hate to let a book defeat me, I m almost sure that had I not been reading it for review, it would have been a DNF Non identical twin sisters Beatrice and Cecilia are the daughters of Abel Brent, a wealthy Midlands industrialist Although they re rich, Mr Brent is a self made man and thus looked down upon by society, so he has enlisted the help of the influential Countess of Haven to launch them into the London season So that she can g I really struggled to finish One More Kiss Even though I hate to let a book defeat me, I m almost sure that had I not been reading it for review, it would have been a DNF Non identical twin sisters Beatrice and Cecilia are the daughters of Abel Brent, a wealthy Midlands industrialist Although they re rich, Mr Brent is a self made man and thus looked down upon by society, so he has enlisted the help of the influential Countess of Haven to launch them into the London season So that she can give them a small taste of what is to come, she arranges a small house party at her country estate and invites a carefully chosen selection of guests so that the girls can become used to interacting in different types of society.What follows reads like a catalogue of this happened then and then they did this, that got boring very quickly There was no sense of character or relationship development, the dialogue was flat and unnatural, and in many cases, the different dinners each night seemed to serve merely as the opportunity for info dumps and anvilicious ponderings Then there s the villain, who only needs a swirly cape, twirly moustache and to say muahahaha each time he enters the room to make it abundantly clear to us that he is not a good egg.I don t like to say I didn t enjoy a book without trying to illustrate my reasons What didn t work in general was that the writing was flat and humorless and the characterization was practically non existent The pacing was very slow and I felt as though I was simply ploughing through descriptions of what happened at each outing or meal during the house party while very little happened to advance the plot.Jess Pennistan is constantly referred to as being someone who is not a suitable man for a young lady to know he s a rake and a gambler so naturally, Brent warns his daughters to steer clear of him But Jess is intrigued by Beatrice from their first meeting, nicknaming her a pocket Venus because of her perfectly petite form Note to the cover artist the heroine is a brunette and the hero is blond, not the other way around.Yet we see no evidence whatsoever that Jess reputation is deserved We do see him gamble but he is a complete gentleman to the ladies at the house party, and frequently shows himself to be kind, sensitive and honorable and in fact, does his utmost NOT to act on the overwhelming attraction he feels for Beatrice.Beatrice is perky and curious to the point of annoyance, and Cecilia is an odd mixture of someone who is worried that others will see only her beauty and care for nothing else about her and yet she seems unable to pass a mirror without making use of it.The Marquis of Destry falls hard for the Cecilia who, for some reason I can t fathom, is desperate to avoid him All he s done is try to talk to her and maybe flirt with her a bit It s quite possible I missed the reasons for her aversion while trying to prop up my eyelids on matchsticks, but I don t think so.More specifically, there are a number of inaccuracies, inconsistencies, and other things that bothered me It would take too long to list them all, but here s a selection of the things that would have made the book a wallbanger had it not been for the fact I was reading it on my Kindle.The characters names were one such thing On what planet is Bitsy a diminutive of Beatrice The Duke of Bendas just doesn t sound at all the sort of name that would be borne by an English nobleman And the hero s name is JESSUP Really He s referred to as Jess sometimes, but when I discovered it was short for Jessup I almost fell off my chair laughing For one thing, in the UK, Jessup s is a well known chain of camera shops and car dealers And for another it s just not a name I ve ever heard used as a Christian name.And then there are the titles I can understand that the intricacies of the UK system of honors and titles can be confusing, I really can, and I don t pretend to be anything like an expert But even a glance at that bastion of accuracy that is Wikipedia will provide information as to the correct form of address for a Marquis The Marquis of Destry is addressed or referred to as Lord Destry, not Marquis Destry As a baron, Jess would be referred to as Lord Pennistan , NOT Lord Jess unless he was a minor.At one point, there s a reference to Bach s Requiem He didn t write one Again, a quick Google search would have prevented that mistake.There are a number of instances in which characterization is inconsistent For example, our hostess, a widowed countess who is well respected by the ton and appears to have huge cachet within it, is having an affair with the heroine s father, who is shock, horror in trade And yet she is still received in the highest circles and has enough clout to be able to sponsor his two daughters into society But at the start of her house party, this gracious and famed hostess can think of no better way to gain the attention of her dozen or so guests, than by smashing a glass It also seems like no one is paying attention in this novel At one point, Jess whisks Beatrice out of a room unnoticed, snogs her senseless, again unnoticed and they return yes, you ve guessed it, unnoticed Later, Beatrice and Cecilia intrude on a game of cards at a crucial point, and nobody notices they re in the room, despite the fact they re talking to each other almost constantly.The dialogue was weak It often stated the obvious, or else was totally unrealistic When Beatrice and Cecilia have stumbled into a situation in which Destry is a bit tipsy and is making an ass of himself, Beatrice begs Jess to Do something or I will never let you smother me with kisses Well, I suppose that s one way of offering him an incentive.I could go on, but it would probably take longer to make the list than it did to read the book, so I ll stop there I tried hard to find something to like about One More Kiss but I m afraid I failed miserably It s poorly written, poorly characterized and full of such ridiculousness that it made me want to spit


  3. Ravioli Rachel Ravioli Rachel says:

    3 out of 5 starsLet me start off with letting you guys know that this is the first book I ve ever read of Mary Blayney I ve also not read any of the previous books in this series Can you read this book without reading the previous ones I had no problems with it, maybe I was missing a few of the relationships and everyone s complete background but, it didn t effect my reading enjoyment Would I have enjoyed the bookit s very possible I could go into describing the basics of the boo 3 out of 5 starsLet me start off with letting you guys know that this is the first book I ve ever read of Mary Blayney I ve also not read any of the previous books in this series Can you read this book without reading the previous ones I had no problems with it, maybe I was missing a few of the relationships and everyone s complete background but, it didn t effect my reading enjoyment Would I have enjoyed the bookit s very possible I could go into describing the basics of the book but honestly Why Bother You can read the description for yourselves above can t you I certainly hope so This was a very light and fluffy read, or at least that s how I like to describe it You know, the books that are there mainly to entertain but you don t expect them to cause you to have an epiphany like that you should be joining a nunnery in the hills of Switzerland or protesting the meat industry Look at that protestation Anywho I digress.Let s sum this bad boy up Was it entertaining YesWould I reread this book Probably NotDo I regret reading this book NoShould you eat chocolate Yes, in copious amounts unless your allergic, then you should avoid Would I recommend it to a friend Only if they loved anything and everything that has to do with historical romancesShould you read this book Provided this is your reading genre than certainly Should you wear hoop skirts Only if your going to channel Scarlett O HaraI m thinking there isn t a whole lotto say on this book.Peace Out Thanks to Random House and NetGalley for providing this ARCBlog Review


  4. Felicia Felicia says:

    First let me say, I wanted to like this book I am always grateful when I receive an Advanced Copy and prioritize them above my other TO READ books I am sad to write this review and almost thought this book was a waste of time.The story begins with twins who look nothing alike attending a country house party before they are launched into the Ton Both girls Beatrice and Cecelia are not part of the peerage as their father has a trade They are of the rising working class so they are wealthy First let me say, I wanted to like this book I am always grateful when I receive an Advanced Copy and prioritize them above my other TO READ books I am sad to write this review and almost thought this book was a waste of time.The story begins with twins who look nothing alike attending a country house party before they are launched into the Ton Both girls Beatrice and Cecelia are not part of the peerage as their father has a trade They are of the rising working class so they are wealthy but perceived as gauche They recently lost their mother so they are being sponsored by a Countess who is great friends with their father Both are nervous they aren t ready for the Ton and their first season SO enter the Countess to give them practice at flirting, dinner conversations, performance, etc.Beatrice is intelligent almost a bluestocking and not really all that excited about finding a husband She wants to bethan a wife and mother and loves art particularly Rembrandt In theory, I should have really liked Bea but I found her to be indecisive and entirely too slow to know her own heart and fight for it Cecelia s concern is that men would only want her because she is beautiful Other than that and her constant whining about this concern while checking every mirror she passed, I found her completely forgettable As the party starts we meet Jess who is rud to be a rake, gambler and womanizer We also meet Destry soon to be a Duke who is out of their class and would be a great catch if he weren t so short Yep you read that short Others guests includes a wealthy widow,a penniless Earl, the girl s father, Bea s platonic friend who served NO purpose other than showing men and women could be friends , Mrs Wilson and her daughter, Katherine, and Jess s arch enemy Crenshaw, who won a plot of land from Jess when last they gambled together Hence the reason Jess is there, he wants to win the land back As we begin the girls are warned to stay away from Jess Pennistan because he is a rake and a womanizer so who does Bea head straight for Jess Cecelia finds herself intrigued by Destry and their interaction is the one that charmed me most.With this cast of characters we should have had a fun and steamy romp Instead we are treated to a few kisses about 3 4 through the book really For a romance book Perhaps witty repartee or great character development no nada none All promise no delivery I do not like to write bad reviews, nor do I like to read mediocre books Even a bodice ripper would have been bad but fun Reason for two stars Jess and Destry Since this is the 5th of the Pennistan books perhaps this is appealing to Blayney fans but for me while this is a standalone book I was left wanting More Destry and Jess please leave the girls at home On to the next one


  5. Farrah Farrah says:

    This review also appears on my blog at had really hoped to like this book because it sounded so wonderful But, unfortunately, One More Kiss was not the best historical romance.Beatrice was an okay heroine but she was so indecisive for a woman characterized as bold and reckless When she wanted something, she went for it, but only after being agonizingly slow in making her decision I didn t dislike her, but there wasn t anything about her to make me lik This review also appears on my blog at had really hoped to like this book because it sounded so wonderful But, unfortunately, One More Kiss was not the best historical romance.Beatrice was an okay heroine but she was so indecisive for a woman characterized as bold and reckless When she wanted something, she went for it, but only after being agonizingly slow in making her decision I didn t dislike her, but there wasn t anything about her to make me like her Jess was muchlikable Free spirited and witty, he brought life to the book whenever he was on the page I was bothered by how much the other characters judged him and were simply mean to him I lost count of how many times someone warned him under threat of bodily harm to behave himself The man wasn t doing anything wrong He was characterized as an irresponsible rake, but I never saw that in the book in fact, he was trying to change yet the other character were being really harsh to him The plot was the huge problem that just ruined the book for me It was soooooooooo slow It took forever for anything to happen I got bored a few times and very nearly lost interest in the book The ending was okay, but by that point, I didn t really care what happened I really hate to have to write bad reviews, so let me assure you that I don t speak lightly about my distaste for this book I feel really bad about this, but I didn t like One More Kiss Thanks to Edelweiss and Random House Publishing Group Bantam Dell for a copy


  6. Mary - Buried Under Romance Mary - Buried Under Romance says:

    This is one of those rare books that I could not finish even when I mentally forced myself to I ve gone into the book halfway before setting it down, as first, the writing itself confused me greatly when I tried to identify the speaker of lines of dialogue from the two sisters Despite the sisters dichotomous setup as a plain and bookish one, and a vain and superficial one, I found them both to be lacking wit and character I won t even bother to summarize the plot because I just couldn t fin This is one of those rare books that I could not finish even when I mentally forced myself to I ve gone into the book halfway before setting it down, as first, the writing itself confused me greatly when I tried to identify the speaker of lines of dialogue from the two sisters Despite the sisters dichotomous setup as a plain and bookish one, and a vain and superficial one, I found them both to be lacking wit and character I won t even bother to summarize the plot because I just couldn t finish it Beatrice, who is purported thesensible of the sisters, had denounced marriage only to become intrigued by a dashing rogue, Jess Her contrariness as well as veiled superficiality did not take favor with me, and I am a great fan of the bluestocking archetype Cecelia, on the other hand, stayed true to her vain personality but provided some amusement with her interactions with Destry Ultimately, the characterization in this book was so poorly done that extraneous plot elements could not mar this story, simply because it failed, on all accounts, to be an entertaining and delightful romance This is my first book by Mary Blayney, and tempted as I am to judge her future books by the quality of this one, I only stand to hope that she will create a story with a greater semblance of plot and sincere characters in the futureI received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  7. Angela Angela says:

    Really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn t It took me a couple of days to read it because I just kept getting bored with it This is the first book by this author that I ve read so I m not sure if it was just this book or her writting style that I didn t care for It just seemed as if nothing really exciting happened I wasn t to impressed with the characters either I got tired reading about how short one of the guys were, I mean every time his name was brought up it would mention ho Really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn t It took me a couple of days to read it because I just kept getting bored with it This is the first book by this author that I ve read so I m not sure if it was just this book or her writting style that I didn t care for It just seemed as if nothing really exciting happened I wasn t to impressed with the characters either I got tired reading about how short one of the guys were, I mean every time his name was brought up it would mention how short he was The main guy, Jess, kept being told to leave the girls alone because he was such a rake, but most times he wasn t even doing anything Maybe I ll try reading another of her books to see how I feel about her writing, but as of now I really can t say that I d recommend this book


  8. Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!} Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!} says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Disclaimer This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.Rating 2.5 starsReview to come.EDIT This book was okay There was a lot of dress porn which I loved I love descriptions of fancy dresses 3I just found it a tad bit boring waiting for the omg scandal which never came The back cover description is really misleading Other than a few scandalous kissing and some fingering nothing really risque happens, but it is a decent novel for lack of scandal I ju Disclaimer This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.Rating 2.5 starsReview to come.EDIT This book was okay There was a lot of dress porn which I loved I love descriptions of fancy dresses 3I just found it a tad bit boring waiting for the omg scandal which never came The back cover description is really misleading Other than a few scandalous kissing and some fingering nothing really risque happens, but it is a decent novel for lack of scandal I just wish I didn t find it so boring I wanted scandal and ruination, damn it You broke your promise, back cover


  9. Linda Linda says:

    Lovely romance Twins Cecelia and Beatrice attend their first house party in preparation for their first season..will they find love and a match Full review closer to release date.


  10. Kathy Davie Kathy Davie says:

    Fifth in the Pennistan historical romance series with this story set in 1819 20 London The couple focus is on Lord Jess Pennistan and Beatrice Brent.I received an ARC from the publisher.My TakeBlayney is one of those authors who puts a modern twist on an historical romance In her case, it s aegalitarian stance for the women and a contemporary feel for the emotions The previous stories that I ve read were all within what I privately refer to as the Poppy s Coin series, which I ve enjoyed Fifth in the Pennistan historical romance series with this story set in 1819 20 London The couple focus is on Lord Jess Pennistan and Beatrice Brent.I received an ARC from the publisher.My TakeBlayney is one of those authors who puts a modern twist on an historical romance In her case, it s aegalitarian stance for the women and a contemporary feel for the emotions The previous stories that I ve read were all within what I privately refer to as the Poppy s Coin series, which I ve enjoyed very much This one, not as much There was just a bit too much of the modern about this story, although it won t hold me back from diving into the Pennistan series because I did like the characters.For the most part, I enjoyed this short story I ll always love a feisty heroine Especially one who likes to read Their father is obsessed with their marrying very well a title at a minimum, but neither of the girls is as concerned with who they marry And daddy dearest has his own affairs to concern himself with.Blayney does a nice job of teasing out the details behind Jess and Crenshaw s dispute It does paint a very honorable picture of him It s too bad he has to suffer for it There are also a number of romances in this house party At least one of which doesn t end so well for the person involved Thank god.I enjoyed the countess style of entertaining the small statues and setting each of her guests a task to tell the other what they enjoy most and either demonstrate it, provide a lecture, or teach a skill It certainly leads to a variety of possibilities.My only other whine other than about the modernity is that silly incident at the dinner table when Cecelia is playing monkey see, monkey do I thought the girls were intelligent, and yet Cecelia is behaving like an idiot I mean, c monsalting the wine And no one else at the table is doing any of this, so how can she possibly imagine that this is the thing to do The StoryThere s bad blood between Lord Jess and Crenshaw a dispute that will come to a head when Jess insists on gambling to get that land back.Meanwhile, Beatrice and Ceci are about to enjoy their first house party their godmother s intention is to ensure that they are comfortable in Society before the Season begins.And the jaded Jess encounters the feisty Bitsy.The CharactersBeatrice and Ceci are twins whose very wealthy father, Abel Brent, a mill owner, is intent on their snaring lords Ellis Brent is their brother, rescued by Lord Jess Roger Tremaine is Beatrice s best friend and her father s machine designer Leonie Darwell is the lady s maid engaged for the girls she s quite the champion of Lord Jess.Jasmine, the Dowager Countess of Haven is godmother to the girls and intent on easing them into society Mr Hogarth is the art curator and librarian at Havenhall.Lord Jessup Pennistan is the son and brother of a duke A very angry duke Callan is his easygoing valet The Reverend Michael Garrett is a vicar at Pennsford and Jess s brother in law Lady Olivia is Garrett s wife Annie Blackwood was the daughter of the young Pennistan s governess she was practically incorporated into the family Lynford is the oldest brother, the fifth Duke of Meryon married to Elena Rexton is their son and heir Lord Gabriel is married to Lynette their children include Marie, Owen, and Angela Lord David is married to Mia she s pregnant.Lord William, Viscount Bendasbrook is now the Marquis of Destry and the heir to a dukedom He s a bit of a klutz conversation wise and falls in love with Cecilia.The rest of the houseparty includes Baron Crenshaw is a very bad man Mrs Jane Wilson and her daughter, Katherine, Miss Wilson the Earl of Belmont is quite good with puzzles and, Nora Kendrick is a widow recently re entering Society.Sadie is a young girl in the wrong place.The CoverThe cover is a blue brocade background with Beatrice in a blue gown being embraced by a half dressed Jess Very formulaic.The title refers to Beatrice and Jess always having time for One More Kiss once they re married


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10 thoughts on “One More Kiss

  1. Beth Beth says:

    Beatrice and Cecilia Brent don t come from a titled family but their father has made his fortunes as a mill owner The Countess of Haven has agreed to sponsor the twins and decided to get them adjusted to the ton by hosting a house party Beatrice is attracted to Lord Jessup Pennistan, a man surrounded by scandal Even though her father and the countess both warn her off Lord Jessup, Beatrice finds herself engulfed in scandal as wella scandal that could destroy both her and her sister s debut Beatrice and Cecilia Brent don t come from a titled family but their father has made his fortunes as a mill owner The Countess of Haven has agreed to sponsor the twins and decided to get them adjusted to the ton by hosting a house party Beatrice is attracted to Lord Jessup Pennistan, a man surrounded by scandal Even though her father and the countess both warn her off Lord Jessup, Beatrice finds herself engulfed in scandal as wella scandal that could destroy both her and her sister s debut into society before it even begins.One More Kiss immerses you into the daily politics and intrigue of a post Napoleon England This is a very detailed and slow growing story Verbal banter and social niceties prevail prominent in this plot An enjoyable, easy, entertaining, historical romantic read, One More Kiss is a great way to spend your day.This ARC copy ofOne More Kisswas given to me by Random House Publishing Group Bantam Dell Publication Date April 30, 2013.


  2. Caz Caz says:

    I really struggled to finish One More Kiss Even though I hate to let a book defeat me, I m almost sure that had I not been reading it for review, it would have been a DNF Non identical twin sisters Beatrice and Cecilia are the daughters of Abel Brent, a wealthy Midlands industrialist Although they re rich, Mr Brent is a self made man and thus looked down upon by society, so he has enlisted the help of the influential Countess of Haven to launch them into the London season So that she can g I really struggled to finish One More Kiss Even though I hate to let a book defeat me, I m almost sure that had I not been reading it for review, it would have been a DNF Non identical twin sisters Beatrice and Cecilia are the daughters of Abel Brent, a wealthy Midlands industrialist Although they re rich, Mr Brent is a self made man and thus looked down upon by society, so he has enlisted the help of the influential Countess of Haven to launch them into the London season So that she can give them a small taste of what is to come, she arranges a small house party at her country estate and invites a carefully chosen selection of guests so that the girls can become used to interacting in different types of society.What follows reads like a catalogue of this happened then and then they did this, that got boring very quickly There was no sense of character or relationship development, the dialogue was flat and unnatural, and in many cases, the different dinners each night seemed to serve merely as the opportunity for info dumps and anvilicious ponderings Then there s the villain, who only needs a swirly cape, twirly moustache and to say muahahaha each time he enters the room to make it abundantly clear to us that he is not a good egg.I don t like to say I didn t enjoy a book without trying to illustrate my reasons What didn t work in general was that the writing was flat and humorless and the characterization was practically non existent The pacing was very slow and I felt as though I was simply ploughing through descriptions of what happened at each outing or meal during the house party while very little happened to advance the plot.Jess Pennistan is constantly referred to as being someone who is not a suitable man for a young lady to know he s a rake and a gambler so naturally, Brent warns his daughters to steer clear of him But Jess is intrigued by Beatrice from their first meeting, nicknaming her a pocket Venus because of her perfectly petite form Note to the cover artist the heroine is a brunette and the hero is blond, not the other way around.Yet we see no evidence whatsoever that Jess reputation is deserved We do see him gamble but he is a complete gentleman to the ladies at the house party, and frequently shows himself to be kind, sensitive and honorable and in fact, does his utmost NOT to act on the overwhelming attraction he feels for Beatrice.Beatrice is perky and curious to the point of annoyance, and Cecilia is an odd mixture of someone who is worried that others will see only her beauty and care for nothing else about her and yet she seems unable to pass a mirror without making use of it.The Marquis of Destry falls hard for the Cecilia who, for some reason I can t fathom, is desperate to avoid him All he s done is try to talk to her and maybe flirt with her a bit It s quite possible I missed the reasons for her aversion while trying to prop up my eyelids on matchsticks, but I don t think so.More specifically, there are a number of inaccuracies, inconsistencies, and other things that bothered me It would take too long to list them all, but here s a selection of the things that would have made the book a wallbanger had it not been for the fact I was reading it on my Kindle.The characters names were one such thing On what planet is Bitsy a diminutive of Beatrice The Duke of Bendas just doesn t sound at all the sort of name that would be borne by an English nobleman And the hero s name is JESSUP Really He s referred to as Jess sometimes, but when I discovered it was short for Jessup I almost fell off my chair laughing For one thing, in the UK, Jessup s is a well known chain of camera shops and car dealers And for another it s just not a name I ve ever heard used as a Christian name.And then there are the titles I can understand that the intricacies of the UK system of honors and titles can be confusing, I really can, and I don t pretend to be anything like an expert But even a glance at that bastion of accuracy that is Wikipedia will provide information as to the correct form of address for a Marquis The Marquis of Destry is addressed or referred to as Lord Destry, not Marquis Destry As a baron, Jess would be referred to as Lord Pennistan , NOT Lord Jess unless he was a minor.At one point, there s a reference to Bach s Requiem He didn t write one Again, a quick Google search would have prevented that mistake.There are a number of instances in which characterization is inconsistent For example, our hostess, a widowed countess who is well respected by the ton and appears to have huge cachet within it, is having an affair with the heroine s father, who is shock, horror in trade And yet she is still received in the highest circles and has enough clout to be able to sponsor his two daughters into society But at the start of her house party, this gracious and famed hostess can think of no better way to gain the attention of her dozen or so guests, than by smashing a glass It also seems like no one is paying attention in this novel At one point, Jess whisks Beatrice out of a room unnoticed, snogs her senseless, again unnoticed and they return yes, you ve guessed it, unnoticed Later, Beatrice and Cecilia intrude on a game of cards at a crucial point, and nobody notices they re in the room, despite the fact they re talking to each other almost constantly.The dialogue was weak It often stated the obvious, or else was totally unrealistic When Beatrice and Cecilia have stumbled into a situation in which Destry is a bit tipsy and is making an ass of himself, Beatrice begs Jess to Do something or I will never let you smother me with kisses Well, I suppose that s one way of offering him an incentive.I could go on, but it would probably take longer to make the list than it did to read the book, so I ll stop there I tried hard to find something to like about One More Kiss but I m afraid I failed miserably It s poorly written, poorly characterized and full of such ridiculousness that it made me want to spit


  3. Ravioli Rachel Ravioli Rachel says:

    3 out of 5 starsLet me start off with letting you guys know that this is the first book I ve ever read of Mary Blayney I ve also not read any of the previous books in this series Can you read this book without reading the previous ones I had no problems with it, maybe I was missing a few of the relationships and everyone s complete background but, it didn t effect my reading enjoyment Would I have enjoyed the bookit s very possible I could go into describing the basics of the boo 3 out of 5 starsLet me start off with letting you guys know that this is the first book I ve ever read of Mary Blayney I ve also not read any of the previous books in this series Can you read this book without reading the previous ones I had no problems with it, maybe I was missing a few of the relationships and everyone s complete background but, it didn t effect my reading enjoyment Would I have enjoyed the bookit s very possible I could go into describing the basics of the book but honestly Why Bother You can read the description for yourselves above can t you I certainly hope so This was a very light and fluffy read, or at least that s how I like to describe it You know, the books that are there mainly to entertain but you don t expect them to cause you to have an epiphany like that you should be joining a nunnery in the hills of Switzerland or protesting the meat industry Look at that protestation Anywho I digress.Let s sum this bad boy up Was it entertaining YesWould I reread this book Probably NotDo I regret reading this book NoShould you eat chocolate Yes, in copious amounts unless your allergic, then you should avoid Would I recommend it to a friend Only if they loved anything and everything that has to do with historical romancesShould you read this book Provided this is your reading genre than certainly Should you wear hoop skirts Only if your going to channel Scarlett O HaraI m thinking there isn t a whole lotto say on this book.Peace Out Thanks to Random House and NetGalley for providing this ARCBlog Review


  4. Felicia Felicia says:

    First let me say, I wanted to like this book I am always grateful when I receive an Advanced Copy and prioritize them above my other TO READ books I am sad to write this review and almost thought this book was a waste of time.The story begins with twins who look nothing alike attending a country house party before they are launched into the Ton Both girls Beatrice and Cecelia are not part of the peerage as their father has a trade They are of the rising working class so they are wealthy First let me say, I wanted to like this book I am always grateful when I receive an Advanced Copy and prioritize them above my other TO READ books I am sad to write this review and almost thought this book was a waste of time.The story begins with twins who look nothing alike attending a country house party before they are launched into the Ton Both girls Beatrice and Cecelia are not part of the peerage as their father has a trade They are of the rising working class so they are wealthy but perceived as gauche They recently lost their mother so they are being sponsored by a Countess who is great friends with their father Both are nervous they aren t ready for the Ton and their first season SO enter the Countess to give them practice at flirting, dinner conversations, performance, etc.Beatrice is intelligent almost a bluestocking and not really all that excited about finding a husband She wants to bethan a wife and mother and loves art particularly Rembrandt In theory, I should have really liked Bea but I found her to be indecisive and entirely too slow to know her own heart and fight for it Cecelia s concern is that men would only want her because she is beautiful Other than that and her constant whining about this concern while checking every mirror she passed, I found her completely forgettable As the party starts we meet Jess who is rud to be a rake, gambler and womanizer We also meet Destry soon to be a Duke who is out of their class and would be a great catch if he weren t so short Yep you read that short Others guests includes a wealthy widow,a penniless Earl, the girl s father, Bea s platonic friend who served NO purpose other than showing men and women could be friends , Mrs Wilson and her daughter, Katherine, and Jess s arch enemy Crenshaw, who won a plot of land from Jess when last they gambled together Hence the reason Jess is there, he wants to win the land back As we begin the girls are warned to stay away from Jess Pennistan because he is a rake and a womanizer so who does Bea head straight for Jess Cecelia finds herself intrigued by Destry and their interaction is the one that charmed me most.With this cast of characters we should have had a fun and steamy romp Instead we are treated to a few kisses about 3 4 through the book really For a romance book Perhaps witty repartee or great character development no nada none All promise no delivery I do not like to write bad reviews, nor do I like to read mediocre books Even a bodice ripper would have been bad but fun Reason for two stars Jess and Destry Since this is the 5th of the Pennistan books perhaps this is appealing to Blayney fans but for me while this is a standalone book I was left wanting More Destry and Jess please leave the girls at home On to the next one


  5. Farrah Farrah says:

    This review also appears on my blog at had really hoped to like this book because it sounded so wonderful But, unfortunately, One More Kiss was not the best historical romance.Beatrice was an okay heroine but she was so indecisive for a woman characterized as bold and reckless When she wanted something, she went for it, but only after being agonizingly slow in making her decision I didn t dislike her, but there wasn t anything about her to make me lik This review also appears on my blog at had really hoped to like this book because it sounded so wonderful But, unfortunately, One More Kiss was not the best historical romance.Beatrice was an okay heroine but she was so indecisive for a woman characterized as bold and reckless When she wanted something, she went for it, but only after being agonizingly slow in making her decision I didn t dislike her, but there wasn t anything about her to make me like her Jess was muchlikable Free spirited and witty, he brought life to the book whenever he was on the page I was bothered by how much the other characters judged him and were simply mean to him I lost count of how many times someone warned him under threat of bodily harm to behave himself The man wasn t doing anything wrong He was characterized as an irresponsible rake, but I never saw that in the book in fact, he was trying to change yet the other character were being really harsh to him The plot was the huge problem that just ruined the book for me It was soooooooooo slow It took forever for anything to happen I got bored a few times and very nearly lost interest in the book The ending was okay, but by that point, I didn t really care what happened I really hate to have to write bad reviews, so let me assure you that I don t speak lightly about my distaste for this book I feel really bad about this, but I didn t like One More Kiss Thanks to Edelweiss and Random House Publishing Group Bantam Dell for a copy


  6. Mary - Buried Under Romance Mary - Buried Under Romance says:

    This is one of those rare books that I could not finish even when I mentally forced myself to I ve gone into the book halfway before setting it down, as first, the writing itself confused me greatly when I tried to identify the speaker of lines of dialogue from the two sisters Despite the sisters dichotomous setup as a plain and bookish one, and a vain and superficial one, I found them both to be lacking wit and character I won t even bother to summarize the plot because I just couldn t fin This is one of those rare books that I could not finish even when I mentally forced myself to I ve gone into the book halfway before setting it down, as first, the writing itself confused me greatly when I tried to identify the speaker of lines of dialogue from the two sisters Despite the sisters dichotomous setup as a plain and bookish one, and a vain and superficial one, I found them both to be lacking wit and character I won t even bother to summarize the plot because I just couldn t finish it Beatrice, who is purported thesensible of the sisters, had denounced marriage only to become intrigued by a dashing rogue, Jess Her contrariness as well as veiled superficiality did not take favor with me, and I am a great fan of the bluestocking archetype Cecelia, on the other hand, stayed true to her vain personality but provided some amusement with her interactions with Destry Ultimately, the characterization in this book was so poorly done that extraneous plot elements could not mar this story, simply because it failed, on all accounts, to be an entertaining and delightful romance This is my first book by Mary Blayney, and tempted as I am to judge her future books by the quality of this one, I only stand to hope that she will create a story with a greater semblance of plot and sincere characters in the futureI received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  7. Angela Angela says:

    Really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn t It took me a couple of days to read it because I just kept getting bored with it This is the first book by this author that I ve read so I m not sure if it was just this book or her writting style that I didn t care for It just seemed as if nothing really exciting happened I wasn t to impressed with the characters either I got tired reading about how short one of the guys were, I mean every time his name was brought up it would mention ho Really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn t It took me a couple of days to read it because I just kept getting bored with it This is the first book by this author that I ve read so I m not sure if it was just this book or her writting style that I didn t care for It just seemed as if nothing really exciting happened I wasn t to impressed with the characters either I got tired reading about how short one of the guys were, I mean every time his name was brought up it would mention how short he was The main guy, Jess, kept being told to leave the girls alone because he was such a rake, but most times he wasn t even doing anything Maybe I ll try reading another of her books to see how I feel about her writing, but as of now I really can t say that I d recommend this book


  8. Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!} Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!} says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Disclaimer This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.Rating 2.5 starsReview to come.EDIT This book was okay There was a lot of dress porn which I loved I love descriptions of fancy dresses 3I just found it a tad bit boring waiting for the omg scandal which never came The back cover description is really misleading Other than a few scandalous kissing and some fingering nothing really risque happens, but it is a decent novel for lack of scandal I ju Disclaimer This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.Rating 2.5 starsReview to come.EDIT This book was okay There was a lot of dress porn which I loved I love descriptions of fancy dresses 3I just found it a tad bit boring waiting for the omg scandal which never came The back cover description is really misleading Other than a few scandalous kissing and some fingering nothing really risque happens, but it is a decent novel for lack of scandal I just wish I didn t find it so boring I wanted scandal and ruination, damn it You broke your promise, back cover


  9. Linda Linda says:

    Lovely romance Twins Cecelia and Beatrice attend their first house party in preparation for their first season..will they find love and a match Full review closer to release date.


  10. Kathy Davie Kathy Davie says:

    Fifth in the Pennistan historical romance series with this story set in 1819 20 London The couple focus is on Lord Jess Pennistan and Beatrice Brent.I received an ARC from the publisher.My TakeBlayney is one of those authors who puts a modern twist on an historical romance In her case, it s aegalitarian stance for the women and a contemporary feel for the emotions The previous stories that I ve read were all within what I privately refer to as the Poppy s Coin series, which I ve enjoyed Fifth in the Pennistan historical romance series with this story set in 1819 20 London The couple focus is on Lord Jess Pennistan and Beatrice Brent.I received an ARC from the publisher.My TakeBlayney is one of those authors who puts a modern twist on an historical romance In her case, it s aegalitarian stance for the women and a contemporary feel for the emotions The previous stories that I ve read were all within what I privately refer to as the Poppy s Coin series, which I ve enjoyed very much This one, not as much There was just a bit too much of the modern about this story, although it won t hold me back from diving into the Pennistan series because I did like the characters.For the most part, I enjoyed this short story I ll always love a feisty heroine Especially one who likes to read Their father is obsessed with their marrying very well a title at a minimum, but neither of the girls is as concerned with who they marry And daddy dearest has his own affairs to concern himself with.Blayney does a nice job of teasing out the details behind Jess and Crenshaw s dispute It does paint a very honorable picture of him It s too bad he has to suffer for it There are also a number of romances in this house party At least one of which doesn t end so well for the person involved Thank god.I enjoyed the countess style of entertaining the small statues and setting each of her guests a task to tell the other what they enjoy most and either demonstrate it, provide a lecture, or teach a skill It certainly leads to a variety of possibilities.My only other whine other than about the modernity is that silly incident at the dinner table when Cecelia is playing monkey see, monkey do I thought the girls were intelligent, and yet Cecelia is behaving like an idiot I mean, c monsalting the wine And no one else at the table is doing any of this, so how can she possibly imagine that this is the thing to do The StoryThere s bad blood between Lord Jess and Crenshaw a dispute that will come to a head when Jess insists on gambling to get that land back.Meanwhile, Beatrice and Ceci are about to enjoy their first house party their godmother s intention is to ensure that they are comfortable in Society before the Season begins.And the jaded Jess encounters the feisty Bitsy.The CharactersBeatrice and Ceci are twins whose very wealthy father, Abel Brent, a mill owner, is intent on their snaring lords Ellis Brent is their brother, rescued by Lord Jess Roger Tremaine is Beatrice s best friend and her father s machine designer Leonie Darwell is the lady s maid engaged for the girls she s quite the champion of Lord Jess.Jasmine, the Dowager Countess of Haven is godmother to the girls and intent on easing them into society Mr Hogarth is the art curator and librarian at Havenhall.Lord Jessup Pennistan is the son and brother of a duke A very angry duke Callan is his easygoing valet The Reverend Michael Garrett is a vicar at Pennsford and Jess s brother in law Lady Olivia is Garrett s wife Annie Blackwood was the daughter of the young Pennistan s governess she was practically incorporated into the family Lynford is the oldest brother, the fifth Duke of Meryon married to Elena Rexton is their son and heir Lord Gabriel is married to Lynette their children include Marie, Owen, and Angela Lord David is married to Mia she s pregnant.Lord William, Viscount Bendasbrook is now the Marquis of Destry and the heir to a dukedom He s a bit of a klutz conversation wise and falls in love with Cecilia.The rest of the houseparty includes Baron Crenshaw is a very bad man Mrs Jane Wilson and her daughter, Katherine, Miss Wilson the Earl of Belmont is quite good with puzzles and, Nora Kendrick is a widow recently re entering Society.Sadie is a young girl in the wrong place.The CoverThe cover is a blue brocade background with Beatrice in a blue gown being embraced by a half dressed Jess Very formulaic.The title refers to Beatrice and Jess always having time for One More Kiss once they re married


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