Thursday, September 13, 2007

Awakened by a Kiss

Laura Fairleigh needs a husband. If she is to keep a roof over her siblings’ heads, the prim rector’s daughter must wed by her twenty-first birthday. When she finds a mysterious stranger with the face of an angel and the body of Adonis unconscious in the forest and with no memory of his name or his past, she decides to claim him for her own. Little does she know that her fallen angel is really the devil in disguise.

Sterling Harlow, the notorious rakehell known as the "Devil of Devonbrooke," awakens to the enchanting kiss of a lovely young woman who informs him he is her long-lost betrothed. With her sun-kissed cheeks and smattering of freckles, she looks every inch the innocent, but her curves posses a woman’s allure. When she assures him he is the perfect gentleman, he wonders if he’s lost his wits as well as his memory. He would have sworn he was not a man to be satisfied with mere kisses – especially from lips as sweet and luscious as Laura’s.

As he attempts to uncover the truth before their wedding night, a kiss to remember ignites a passion neither of them will ever be able to forget...

Title: A Kiss to Remember
Series: Fairy Tales, Book 3
Published: June 26, 2001
Publisher: Bantam
Pages: 336
Genre: Romance- Historical

I have read several of Teresa Medeiros’ historical romances before and some of my favorites are part of her Fairy Tale Series (they are all stand-alone’s because they’re related by theme only), each of which have the "happily-ever-after" ending that is so essential to both a romance and of course, a fairy tale. If you haven’t guessed, each one of the books in this series is based very loosely on popular fables such as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Sleeping Beauty. This book; A Kiss to Remember, is the Sleeping Beauty but only in the most basic way so I never even noticed.

I love how Medeiros’ took a classic "amnesia romance" story and turned it on it’s ear... actually she turns every classic romance theme like that on it’s ear! I think she is one of the most talented romance writers today because she always presents new and interesting heros and heroines. I especially enjoyed the complex character of the Devil of Devonshire!

~ Laura’s little sister Lottie’s story is told in One Night of Scandal

Fairy Tale Series
1. Charming the Prince (1999)- Cinderella
2. The Bride and the Beast (2000)- Beauty and the Beast
3. A Kiss to Remember (2001)- Sleeping Beauty

The Fairlegh Series
1. A Kiss to Remember (2001)

First Paragraph: Sterling Harlow had to draw up an ottoman and stand on tiptoe to peek out the drawing room window. He might have had an easier time of it if a plump yellow cat hadn't been draped bonelessly over his arm. His warm breath fogged a perfect circle on the chill glass. He rubbed it away with his sleeve just in time to see an elegant town coach draw to a halt in the curving drive of the whitewashed manor house. As a bewigged and liveried footman leapt down from the back of the coach and moved to swing the door open, Sterling leaned forward until his nose touched the glass.

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Source: Library Loan, hardcover

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