I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Kiss Me Darkly by Cecilia Gray
on May 1st 2016
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
A brand new series from the author of The Gentlemen Next Door, praised for being a "delightful Regency romp… in the spirit of Georgette Heyer."
Meet Dinah Belle—the Blasé Belle—who never gets emotional because there is no problem—including love—that she cannot solve with her superior intellect. The irrational emotion of love has destroyed her family, but it must have a cure, and she has the perfect test case by which to discover it.
Meet Graham Abernathy—the popular duke's son—a gentleman who goes out of his way to please others and be well liked. Not that it's done him any good, since the woman he loves has thrown him over for someone else. Heartbroken, he attracts the interest of one Dinah Belle, who has her sights set on him—for research, of all things.
Dinah has no intention of failing. He has no intention of being cured.
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ABOUT THE KISS A BELLE SERIES
Five supportive sisters.
Five friendly gentlemen.
Five stolen kisses.
Everyone has kissed someone, but who has kissed whom?
Secrets of the past will become very much present as arrangements are made and proposals fly in this charming, Regency-style series. While all of the stories can be enjoyed as standalones, you may want to read them all. Books 1–3 occur concurrently and can be read in any order; Books 4 and 5 follow respectively.
Book 1: Kiss Me After
Book 2: Kiss Me Darkly
Book 3: Kiss Me Sweetly
Book 4: Kiss Me Softly
Book 5: Kiss Me Again
Dinah is a girl after my heart! She thinks like a scientist and loves testing and proving her theories. Her take on life is so much fun and reminds me a lot of myself so of course, of all of the Belle sisters, she may be my favorite. Maybe … they are an interesting bunch!
The first three books in this series are all along the same timeline but fortunately the stories are completely different. I did not once have to skim through a conversation that was in the other book. Although the girls are in the same place, they are doing different things. It makes the first three even more fun because they take place during four years of which, after reading the first book, I already know the gist of.
Dinah, being the scientific one of the girls, doesn’t understand nor believe in love, so of course when a man starts giving her feelings she doesn’t understand, she has to examine it fully. I absolutely loved every word of this. Funnily, Graham is a bit of a romantic but he gives in to Dinah’s whims and finds himself even enjoying them but since he is in love with someone else, he does not believe that he and Dinah are matched. Although he knows that he brings some dark thoughts her way!
The research was fantastic. Especially since I have heard of a lot of research for exactly what they were trying to do. It is delightfully fun to read and kept my eyes glued to the book the entire time. Now to dive into book three!
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