It's in His Kiss

It's in His Kiss

Paperback - 2005
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Meet Our Hero . . .
Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth's sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past . . . and the key to his future. The problem is--it's written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.

Meet Our Heroine . . .
All the ton agreed: there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She's fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken, and according to Gareth, probably best in small doses. But there's something about her--something charming and vexing--that grabs him and won't quite let go . . .

Meet Poor Mr. Mozart . . .
Or don't. But rest assured, he's spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual--and annually discordant--Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth's every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other . . . and that there is nothing as simple--or as complicated--as a single, perfect kiss.

Publisher: New York : Avon Books, c2005.
ISBN: 9780060531249
006053124X
Characteristics: 368 p. : geneal. table ; 18 cm.
Alternative Title: It is in his kiss

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RosaReads2
Apr 29, 2021

This book was kind of hard for me to rate fairly. On one hand, it read similarly in style and tone to all the previous Bridgerton books, which I rated anywhere from 2.5-4 stars. If the heroine had been anyone other than Hyacinth, I would have probably rated it on the higher end. With it being Hyacinth, I could not for the life of me picture her any different than the very young girl she was in the previous books, acting like the appropriately immature girl that she was. While 22 wasn't young for the marriage mart, her being the baby of the family exacerbated the age issue I had. At the same time, Gareth's characterization made him seem far more older, which messed with my head even more. Don't even get me started on things of a sexual nature.

Another moment in the story that lowered my rating, was Gareth's ulterior motive in seducing Hyacinth before their wedding. This was the second time I've been disappointed in this author's questionable choice of a main character's motive.

Aside from Gareth's hiccup, I enjoyed much of the story arc and secondary character interactions. The age issues with Hyacinth are all on me and my warped psyche.

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Alanajdavis
Apr 13, 2021

I liked the story but it resembled The Duke & I a little too much and lacked the wit that Lady Whistledown brought to the story. I did enjoy getting to know Lady Danbury a bit better though.

JCLHebahA Feb 24, 2021

Not one of the stronger books in the series, but there is at least more Lady Danbury on the page.

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AnahidMA
Feb 09, 2021

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EljayJohnson
Dec 04, 2020

Lots of sassy fun. Only one Bridgerton left!

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cganderson
Aug 09, 2020

Negative review, sorry. Well written, but this is my second time reading Quinn and her Bridgerton family (the first was Benedict? and the girl he wanted to turn into his mistress?) and I guess I just can't get into this family. It seems to me to have very shallow, even self-centered characters that are supposed to be likable, but to me they just seem, well, immature, I guess. The only character I really liked was Lady Danbury. And I hated the epilogue, just sort of capped it for me that this isn't a group of stories (people) that I want to read about.

I prefer Kleypas, Dare, James (all hit or miss, of course, especially Dare) or Sue London. Quinn's ideas of a 22 year old heroine seem a lot like early Dare (immature but 'don't you love me anyway'...no, I don't, I guess.) At 22, most heroines are more grown up (even if you only go by Jane Austen standards). And as I said, the Bridgerton male lead that I read previously also came across very selfish etc. (maybe standard for the time, or just standard for Quinn's world, but not the kind of male lead I find remotely sympathetic...even damaged rakes are better than priviledged prats.) :)

But the writing is well done and there are some funny moments and dialogue. Just not my idea of a good rom com or rom adventure.

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Suellen1111
Jun 24, 2020

Thoroughly delightful!  This may be the best of the Bridgerton series!  Beautifully written (of course!), lovable well-rounded characters with interesting back stories, sparkling dialogue with some laugh-out-loud conversations.  Loved it!  The Second Epilogue is much longer than it needs to be that doesn't take away from the perfection that is the main story. translating Italian notes IOTB

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Patricia_T
Jan 24, 2019

Excellent story in this series, lots of humour and insight into family relationships.

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