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Deirdre Wilks, the infamous Viscountess Rotherby, is shunned by the ton, who whisper behind closed doors of her shadowy past. And now every hope she harbors of repairing her reputation is at risk when a desperate, dashing gentleman comes to her for aid. He has heard the rumors ... but fearing for his sister, vanished somewhere in London's disreputable corners, Lord Tristan Deirdre Wilks, the infamous Viscountess Rotherby, is shunned by the ton, who whisper behind closed doors of her shadowy past. And now every hope she harbors of repairing her reputation is at risk when a desperate, dashing gentleman comes to her for aid. He has heard the rumors ... but fearing for his sister, vanished somewhere in London's disreputable corners, Lord Tristan Knight must seek help from the mysterious beauty. Although her intentions are cloaked, Deirdre's warm heart and enchanting face are more befitting an angel than a sinner. And soon, Tristan realizes he can never relinquish this bold and remarkable woman. Yet Deirdre must guard a secret –– a shocking truth that, once revealed, could destroy the passionate love he has brought into her life.


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Deirdre Wilks, the infamous Viscountess Rotherby, is shunned by the ton, who whisper behind closed doors of her shadowy past. And now every hope she harbors of repairing her reputation is at risk when a desperate, dashing gentleman comes to her for aid. He has heard the rumors ... but fearing for his sister, vanished somewhere in London's disreputable corners, Lord Tristan Deirdre Wilks, the infamous Viscountess Rotherby, is shunned by the ton, who whisper behind closed doors of her shadowy past. And now every hope she harbors of repairing her reputation is at risk when a desperate, dashing gentleman comes to her for aid. He has heard the rumors ... but fearing for his sister, vanished somewhere in London's disreputable corners, Lord Tristan Knight must seek help from the mysterious beauty. Although her intentions are cloaked, Deirdre's warm heart and enchanting face are more befitting an angel than a sinner. And soon, Tristan realizes he can never relinquish this bold and remarkable woman. Yet Deirdre must guard a secret –– a shocking truth that, once revealed, could destroy the passionate love he has brought into her life.

30 review for A Kiss in the Dark

  1. 5 out of 5

    Malin

    1.5 stars Warning! There will be spoilers for the plot in this review - because I have to pick apart the mediocre plot to fully get my scathe on. Lord Tristan Knight has come into the Earl of Ellington after his estranged father died unexpectedly in a carriage accident. As the late Earl blamed his son for the death of Lady Ellington, stabbed to death by an East End bandit, Tristan has been absent for a long time. His younger sister Emily was left alone with a grieving, neglectful father and after 1.5 stars Warning! There will be spoilers for the plot in this review - because I have to pick apart the mediocre plot to fully get my scathe on. Lord Tristan Knight has come into the Earl of Ellington after his estranged father died unexpectedly in a carriage accident. As the late Earl blamed his son for the death of Lady Ellington, stabbed to death by an East End bandit, Tristan has been absent for a long time. His younger sister Emily was left alone with a grieving, neglectful father and after the return of her brother has tried to act out and scare away a series of governesses in an attempt to make her brother notice her. When she finally runs away, Tristan realises he's been very dumb. After traces of Lady Emily's belongings are found in Tothill Fields, the same area where their mother was murdered years ago, Tristan becomes desperate. His butler recommends he seek out the aid of Lady Deidre Wilks, the notorious Viscountess Rotherby, who is known for her charitable acts in the area. When Tristan turns up on her doorstep, Deidre recognises him instantly. She was the pickpocket who lured Lady Ellington down the alley where she was murdered, and she's convinced Tristan has come to bring her to justice. Instead he convinces her to aid him in the search for his sister. Together they comb the slums for the runaway, fighting their instant attraction to one another as they grow ever closer. Dear readers, this really wasn't a very good book. It sadly wasn't a bad enough book to really be entertaining either, and as it fit into nearly all my reading challenges in one go, there was no way I wasn't going to finish it. Apparently it's Kimberly Logan's debut novel, and as I doubt I could write a whole book, I don't want to be too dismissive here, but people, it's a very sad example of a historical romance. First of all, Ms. Logan is extremely keen to let the reader know that Tristan and his sister Emily, like their mother before them, have violet eyes. Not blue, but a purply violet. This is mentioned twenty-one times over the course of the book (I went back and searched, because, really). Also, Deidre has strawberry-scented hair (this is only mentioned four times, however). There is a whole lot of tell, don't show in this book and mostly very clumsy exposition. Luckily, when Lady Emily runs away, shortly after she is eye-witness to the criminal gang boss who unbeknownst to her also murdered her mother stabbing a dude to death, she is rescued one of a gang of kind-hearted pickpockets, the same ones Deidre reads stories to and tries to save from a life of crime by donating food and blankets to. All of them seem uncharacteristically rosy-cheeked, perky and optimistic for orphaned children who mostly have to steal to survive, with the notable exception of Jack, the bad seed, who is sullen, mean, untrustworthy, but allowed to stay with them until he resorts to attempted rape. Then he's driven off, without any of the boys cottoning on to the fact that he'll clearly sell their location and that of their foundling Earl's daughter out to the dastardly villain who's combing the area for her. Lady Emily, despite being raised in a perfectly nice townhouse and while neglected by her father, not really used to a life of any sort of hardship, has no trouble settling into the drafty, dilapidated hovel the pickpockets stay in, helping with the cleaning, flirting with their young leader and learning pickpocketing right along side the others. Even when Deidre and Tristan show up looking for her, the boys lie about having seen her, because clearly a young noblewoman is much better off living with a bunch of orphan thieves than with her worried brother. Deidre, once an orphaned pickpocket herself, picked the pocket of Viscount Rotherby and was pretty much adopted by him. Taught to speak, walk, dress and behave like a lady, she eventually married her patron because he was worried how she'd survive once he died. His servants have stayed on in her house and been nothing but supportive of this pickpocket street urchin who is now her mistress. There are all manner of unsavoury rumours about her, but Lady Rotherby is in fact, that wonderful creature amongst romance heroines, the virginal widow. For all that Tristan darkly imagines the woman he lusted after from pretty much the moment he met her in the arms of a man old enough to be her father, Deidre is of course untouched and inexperienced. Sure, one of her best friend's is a prostitute, but she's never seen a naked man before she does the deed with Tristan. Naturally, despite her inexperience, they both climax simultaneously - and Deidre is hard pressed to imagine how sex could possibly have been better, had Tristan known in advance that she was a virgin. He claims he wanted more time to prepare her, but apart from some time spent giving attention to her boobs, there is no sign of anything like oral sex or fingering, to you know, give her pleasure without his penis being involved. During their first passionate encounter, there was also this description, that stood out to me as I honestly can't even: "It was as if they had been made for each other, two halves of a whole that had been made one." Neither Tristan nor Deidre really have a lot of interesting character traits. Tristan is very tall, has violet eyes and feels haunted by seeing his mother stabbed to death in front of him (sadly, he doesn't become the Regency version of Batman, that would have been the best plot development!). Deidre, despite her lowly origins, has become the perfect lady, who spends most of her days doing charity works in the East End slum she grew up in, all the while ignoring what society gossips say about her. They both spend an unseemly amount of time thinking about boning each other when they should be worried about the safety of a young girl lost in a very rough part of London. Of course, she's the luckiest little girl that ever was, taken in by friendly Disney pickpockets rather than kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery or something similarly seedy. Apparently Ms. Logan also wrote a sequel, where a grown Lady Emily is reunited with Peter, the head of the cheerful band of pickpockets who rescue her, now a Bow Street Runner. I have absolutely no wish to read this book, or anything ales that Ms. Logan has written. Her writing may have improved after her debut, but based on this, I'm not giving her another try any time soon.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emmalg

    The most predictable, American story It was pleasant to read a recency romance with a different plot but this leaves nothing at all to the imagination. I don't mean in terms of the steamy scenes but every thought behind every glance, no matter how obvious, is described in the text. It makes for a boring read. Then there's the usual difficulty in reading such American language talking about regency England, I can let some of it go, but then the idea that in the slums of London would be a pavement The most predictable, American story It was pleasant to read a recency romance with a different plot but this leaves nothing at all to the imagination. I don't mean in terms of the steamy scenes but every thought behind every glance, no matter how obvious, is described in the text. It makes for a boring read. Then there's the usual difficulty in reading such American language talking about regency England, I can let some of it go, but then the idea that in the slums of London would be a pavement (sidewalk) outside the building is highly unlikely, the slums didn't have sanitation and often flooded into the buildings. The locations and their descriptions don't make sense to me either. I think there is a lack of research into the settings in the era. As a Brit who is familiar with Westminster, the surrounding areas and how they've changed over time it is just impossible to get on with this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Natalija

    DNF at 39% Not a bad book, but it's not holding my interest. I might come back to it later. DNF at 39% Not a bad book, but it's not holding my interest. I might come back to it later.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary Vincelli

    "L' amore può guarire anche le ferite più dolorose" "L' amore può guarire anche le ferite più dolorose"

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

    My first try of Kimberly Logan, and I enjoyed this book. For a debut novel, it's very good. I can only imagine how good her writing will get as her talent develops over the years. Firstly, the writing style was wonderfully easy to read and quite engaging. It had a nice, flowing style that, for the most part, avoided jarring point-of-view switches and overly complicated sentences. I often feel that writers are trying to impress me with their knowledge of grammar and complicated sentences in their My first try of Kimberly Logan, and I enjoyed this book. For a debut novel, it's very good. I can only imagine how good her writing will get as her talent develops over the years. Firstly, the writing style was wonderfully easy to read and quite engaging. It had a nice, flowing style that, for the most part, avoided jarring point-of-view switches and overly complicated sentences. I often feel that writers are trying to impress me with their knowledge of grammar and complicated sentences in their writing, which gets really annoying after a while. Luckly, this is an author who doesn't do that. Her words paint a vivid picture without getting bogged down in the telling. The character sketches were also fairly well done, although I felt that this book could have used an extra 50 - 100 pages to really flesh them out as well as they deserved. There were a lot of times that I felt like the romance was overwhelmed by the other plotline (Tristan and Deirdre trying to find Tristan's runaway sister, Emily). While that plotline was very well executed, I often felt that the romance was left on the back burner. Also, a few of the problems seemed to be resolved just a little too easily at the end. I found it difficult that Tristan could forgive Deirdre's role in his mother death so quickly and easily after it was revealed. Still, this was an enjoyable read, and I'm not sorry that I bought this book. I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by Kimberly Logan, as I think she shows great promise, especially considering that this is her first novel. Hopefully her later books will live up to the talent I see in A KISS IN THE DARK. Recommended, but not a five-star book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tam

    I enjoyed this book. It was different than the usual regency romance in that it took place mainly in the slums and a ballroom never featured. The Earl's sister has run away and is possibly in Tothill Fields. Lady R. is meant to be familiar with this area and he requests her help. Consequently the two working together get to know each other. I liked this as it wasn't social banter it was actual talk. No one was trying to tease or be coy, it was a simple search between two concerned individuals. Of I enjoyed this book. It was different than the usual regency romance in that it took place mainly in the slums and a ballroom never featured. The Earl's sister has run away and is possibly in Tothill Fields. Lady R. is meant to be familiar with this area and he requests her help. Consequently the two working together get to know each other. I liked this as it wasn't social banter it was actual talk. No one was trying to tease or be coy, it was a simple search between two concerned individuals. Of course this wasn't all, there were complications and misunderstandings but this was a nice change from the usual. There were some story gaps that bothered me. Tristan is regarded as a bit of a wastrel and for a while (he admits) he was, but then he gets his act together, but at no point is it discussed where he's been since he got his act together and aside from a single investment what he's been doing. A small annoyance for me was the fact that our hero and his sister have violet eyes. Thought to be quite distinctive. Whilst a scene in the book and a memory of it hangs on those eyes, I still find the use of this a pet peeve. All in all this was an enjoyable read. I downloaded the next about the sister (Emily) to read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tabetha Waite

    I always like to try a debut novel as they are usually wonderful reads and this book did not disappoint in the least! I loved it! It had wonderful pacing throughout and I was never bored, either with the tension between the two MC or any of the side characters. It was truly a page turner!! Wonderful!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Meh. Not sure how I ended up with another over-the-top romance novel, but there you have it. It was a super fast read (read on flight home) and while the story was extremely predictable, it wasn't horrible. But again, I had to skip love scenes which drive me insane. Meh. Not sure how I ended up with another over-the-top romance novel, but there you have it. It was a super fast read (read on flight home) and while the story was extremely predictable, it wasn't horrible. But again, I had to skip love scenes which drive me insane.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This book was a beautiful love story. It was about an unlikely love that came to be in Tristan and Deirdre's time of need. They both found strength and hope in eachother. And their love conquered the pain still lingering inside them from their pat mistakes. This book was a beautiful love story. It was about an unlikely love that came to be in Tristan and Deirdre's time of need. They both found strength and hope in eachother. And their love conquered the pain still lingering inside them from their pat mistakes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Nice story. It has action, adventure, suspense and romance. The characters are loveable and the storyline was interesting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Sizzling Romance

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    I'll read this author again. I'll read this author again.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Luann

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen Inman

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Eva

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rodelene

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Voogd

  20. 4 out of 5

    Irene

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mirella

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeni Hristova

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Dilloway

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dana

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