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The Kiss
Second release in a Merry Widows series

by Sophia Nash

      Georgiana Wilde is best friends with Quinn Fortesque and his cousin, Anthony Fortesque. Then the orphan Quinn is sent away by his aunt and uncle, blamed for the tragic accident that caused Georgiana to have a disabling deformity.

Fifteen years later, Georgia still pines for Quinn, but when Anthony proposes to Georgiana, she accepts his proposal.† Though she knows Anthony is a dissipated rake, she believes her dream of marrying Quinn is lost forever. She can at least wed the dear friend who has loved her since childhood. Then, on their wedding night, Anthony tragically dies.

Anthonyís money-hungry mother dislikes Georgiana and sets out to prove her sonís marriage to Georgiana is not valid. When Quinn, a widower and now the thirteenth Marquis of Ellsmere, returns to the estate, he realizes his auntís intentions and is determined to protect his dear friend, little knowing of the love Georgiana holds for him. †

Quinn soon realizes that Georgiana has become a strong woman who has handled estate matters with finesse since his cousinís death. †A few days later, when his young daughter arrives, he is pleased to see the girl and Georgiana develop a close friendship.

Though Georgiana loves Quinn, she hides this fact from him, fearing for her future and the future of her mother and father, who reside on the estate. †Quinn has his own secrets as well, centering on his understandable hatred for his cousin, Anthony, and his dislike for his aunt. Even so, he becomes determined to keep Georgiana safe. Then, when they share a kiss, Quinn realizes his love for her has never died.

This second installment in Sophia Nashís Merry Widow Series is a pure delight. The Kiss is a masterpiece of unrequited love, a fascinating tale laced with humor, mystery, and thoroughly loveable characters. The visiting widows Georgiana invites to the estate, especially Ata, provide amusement and unexpected complications to the relationship between Quinn and Georgiana, who struggle against their love for each other and the secrets they wish to keep hidden.† This is a definite keeper, and guaranteed to have you waiting anxiously for the next installment.

The Book

March 2008
0061231371 / 978-0061231377
Historical Romance - Regency
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NOTE: Sophia Nash has won numerous awards, including the prestigious RITA Award. Her first book in this series is A Dangerous Beauty (June 2007) also reviewed on

The Reviewer

Linda Morelli
Reviewed 2008
NOTE: Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award-winning author of Lani's Challenge, Shadow of Doubt and Fiery Surrender. She is also an Associate Editor for Port Town Publishing and Historical Editor for Gotta Write Network Online.
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