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And Then He Kissed Her - Laura Lee Guhrke - Bogormen
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And Then He Kissed Her - Laura Lee Guhrke
Title: And Then He Kissed Her
Author: Laura Lee Guhrke
Genre: Chick-lit, historical fiction
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 375
Date read: December 2009

An expert in etiquette, Emma takes her pristine reputation most seriously. But the devilish Lord Marlowe is determined to prove that some rules of proper behavior are made to be broken...

Supremely sensible Emmaline Dove wishes to share her etiquette expertise with London's readers, and as secretary to Viscount Marlowe, Emma knows she's in the perfect position to make her dream come true. Marlowe might be a rake with a preference for can-can dancers and an aversion to matrimony, but he is also the city's leading publisher, and Emma is convinced he's her best chance to see her work in print...until she discovers the lying scoundrel has been rejecting her manuscripts without ever reading a single page!

As a publisher, Harry finds reading etiquette books akin to slow, painful torture. Besides, he can't believe his proper secretary has the passion to write anything worth reading. Then she has the nerve to call him a liar, and even resigns without notice, leaving his business in an uproar and his honor in question! Harry desides it's time to teach Miss Dove a few things that aren't proper. But when he kisses her, he discovers that his former secretary has more passion and fire than he'd ever imagined, for one luscious taste of her lips only leaves him hungry for more...

This book has been on my to-read shelf for so long, that I don't remember who recommended it to me any longer! ;-)

Would it qualify as a regency romance? I'm not quite sure, but no matter what, it's pure fluff - predictable... and very charming.

The first half of the book took me in completely. I loved the writing style, and enjoyed getting to know the characters (would have loved to see more of Harry's favourite sister actually). However, the second half of the book bothered me. I don't know if I'm old-fashioned or just too much of a prude, but it bothered me to see Emma give up her morals that way. The way the ending was handled did mollify me somewhat fortunately, so I did end up enjoying it, but don't see it being a regular reread.

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