His Scandalous Kiss

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His Scandalous Kiss

His Scandalous Kiss Thorncliff Manor is the perfect setting for a masquerade ball where the heart s secret desires are about to be uncovered in this scintillating Regency romance from Sophie BarnesRichard Heartly has exi

  • Title: His Scandalous Kiss
  • Author: Sophie Barnes
  • ISBN: 9780062358912
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Thorncliff Manor is the perfect setting for a masquerade ball where the heart s secret desires are about to be uncovered in this scintillating Regency romance from Sophie BarnesRichard Heartly has exiled himself from society since the war, plotting his revenge for a terrible betrayal A masked ball at Thorncliff Manor is intended to be a brief diversion Instead, heThorncliff Manor is the perfect setting for a masquerade ball where the heart s secret desires are about to be uncovered in this scintillating Regency romance from Sophie BarnesRichard Heartly has exiled himself from society since the war, plotting his revenge for a terrible betrayal A masked ball at Thorncliff Manor is intended to be a brief diversion Instead, he encounters a fascinating young woman as entranced by the music as he is He can t reveal his identity to Lady Mary But her siren song keeps drawing him back, and their clandestine meetings could be hazardous to his plan and to her virtue.Avoiding an unwanted marriage was easy when Lady Mary was ignored by the ton Thanks to her dazzling appearance at the masquerade, she s a wallflower no longer Eligible suitors abound, yet the only man she wants is the brooding, seductive companion who keeps his face hidden A man who tempts her to disclose her own shocking secret, one that could divide them forever.

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    1. Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie on said:

      "I must confess that I have read all of Jane Austen's books"He couldn't help but frown. "Then you have probably acquired high expectations that no mortal man can ever hope to live up to."His Scandalous Kiss by Sophie Barnes was surprisingly Gothic, which was something I hadn't expected. It has all the right ingredients:Thornhill Manor, secrets hinting at espionage and conspiracy, a masquerade, a secret romance and most importantly a ghost, in this case figuratively.Richard and Mary meet at a mas [...]

    2. The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha) on said:

      Link to full review below!Another great historical romance! Mary is witty and likable and Richard defines tortured hero! This review was originally posted on The Book Disciple

    3. Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews on said:

      Kitty's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book ReviewsI adore Historical Romances. Why? Because they really do bring the romance back. No, there’s not any explicit, hot, sweaty sex. What there is is a bit of mystery, a ton of romancing and a whole lot of love.Sophie Barnes really pulled out all the stoppers with His Scandalous Kiss. And, as we learned the truth about both Lady Mary and Richard Heartly, about the secrets they have both been hiding, you can’t help but hope that all works out w [...]

    4. Debbie I Heart YA Books on said:

      His Scandalous Kiss is a fantastic Historical Romance. A suspenseful story that's full of secrets and mystery that kept me wanting to know more, but it was Richard and Mary's romance that had my heart swooning that I love the most. There are more secrets than just the identity of who is behind the mask at this masquerade ball—even Thorncliff Manor holds its own secrets and mysteries. For Richard and Mary, those secrets will reveal a heart's desire that will strengthen their love.Lady Mary has [...]

    5. Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue) on said:

      I grabbed this audiobook from the library on a whim, and ended up enjoying it quite a bit, despite never having read a book by this author previously. However, this regency romance was quite a bit tamer than most of those I've read recently. And it is is the THIRD book featuring a battle-scarred/injured hero that I've read in as many weeks, though not my favorite. (Tessa Dare reigns supreme again.) Usually when I read these novels, some type of illicit affair happens as a precursor to obtaining [...]

    6. Danielle on said:

      Honestly Historical Romances aren't really my go to novels but when I read the blurb for His Scandalous Kiss I was definitely intrigued and wanted to give it a try. Once I started I was quickly wrapped up in the world Barnes created and really wanted to know all the secrets of Thorncliff Manor. Since I didn't read the previous books in this series I wasn't sure what to expect but I loved how the story starts off with a Masquerade Ball and provided in great detail the scenery. I really felt as if [...]

    7. Jessica Grogan on said:

      Before I even start this review, I have a confession: I'm a quitter. I quit reading books I'm not enjoying because I have so many others to read. And I've also never been one of those readers that can force myself to read something I don't find interesting (lots of literature assignments were left unread in high school and college, let me tell you).I previously read Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires and was rather underwhelmed. It wasn't necessarily bad, but the secret wasn't all that exciting and nei [...]

    8. Brittany Lawrence on said:

      I'm going to be honest. I had to quit reading. And I don't DO that. I was 250 pages in and just couldn't see it through to the end. It.wasring.

    9. Sarah Mac on said:

      So incredibly boring. Yes, I complain about lolzy plot-pausing sex in the crop of newer Avonsbut not this time. Instead I found myself wishing they would do the nasty & relieve such endless tedium of Nothing Happening. Damp fingers & raging boners would have been welcomed with open arms. Yikes. Seriously, the first 154 pages consisted of nothing except conversations. Oh, & finding a cave with a diary in it. Yup. That's it. And if I had to read one more dialogue re: the heroRichard, I [...]

    10. Bambi Unbridled on said:

      House parties and matchmaking abound at Thorncliff Manor, where its guests inevitably find themselves embroiled in a search for evidence of a secret societies. This story is follows the same vein, but gives us new and unique characters to refresh a familiar plot line.Five years ago Richard Heartly came home from fighting the war against France a different man. In his mind, he was so changed that he thought it better if society continued to think he was dead, so he has been living as a celibate h [...]

    11. Jaci on said:

      Another amazing addition to the Secrets at Thorncliff Manor by Sophie Barnes.This is the story of an honorable gentleman and soldier. Richard Heartly hides himself away from Society and his family because of the scars he received during the war Everyone but his family thinks he is dead so that he can get his revenge by ruining the man who betrayed him He is so close to his goal when he meets a young lady at Thorncliff Manor that makes him question the life he has chosen to live.Mary is taking a [...]

    12. Ruth on said:

      A light and fluffy take on a gothic romance. And if that doesn't confuse you, then it should. Because this was too fluffy to be gothic and too gothic to be fluffy. All the drama and angst resolved way too easily and there wasn't enough conflict to make the set-up feel worth it.

    13. Cocktails and Books on said:

      I really wanted to love this one, but it fell a little flat.Full review to come.

    14. Genesis Sheli (Latte Nights Reviews) on said:

      This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.I have just recently gotten into this genre. I don't know why I always stayed away from it, because I'm loving it! That being said, I haven't read the previous books in this series. I still went ahead in reading this book because it's a different couple and let me tell you it's such a cute and shippable couple!"You are the light to which I am drawn.""And you are the darkness that lets me shine."The story starts off at a masquerade ball, w [...]

    15. Monique Daoust on said:

      Richard Heartly has been back from the war for five years, and only his brother and his secretary have seen him. He purposefully remains a recluse because he cannot bear to show his scarred visage to anyone. He is also planning a vendetta against the man who betrayed him, and anonymity better serves this purpose. However, a friend of his grandmother’s convinces him to attend a masquerade ball at Thorncliff Manor. Wearing a full mask and a hooded cape, Richard encounters a vision of beauty. Dre [...]

    16. AnnMarie on said:

      His Scandalous Kiss is the third book in the 'Secrets at Thorncliff Manor' series by Sophie Barnes. I haven't had the pleasure of reading the first two books in the series, but after reading this one, I am definitely going to remedy that. Suffice to say though that this book can easily be read and enjoyed without having read the first two.This is the story of Richard Heartly and Lady Mary Bourneville. Richard is a scarred man, both physically and mentally. He has been a recluse ever since return [...]

    17. Gaele on said:

      Returning to Thorncliff Manor for a Masquerade Ball provides the perfect backdrop for intrigue, mystery and clandestine assignations. It’s also a wonderful diversion for Richard Heartly, a distraction from the endless time spent consumed with revenge. He’s been out of society since returning from the war, and with no real intentions to immerse himself, a ball is the best way to gather intelligence, gossip and dip his toes in. The house is, after all, the purview of his grandmother’s deares [...]

    18. Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels on said:

      ***I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review, which was first published on book blog Will Read for Feels.I’ve never read a book by Sophie Barnes before, and that means that I come into the Secrets at Thornhill Manor series a bit late in the day, with book 3. Still, the promise of intrigue and a Beauty-and-the-Beast scenario in His Scandalous Kiss had me keen to read th [...]

    19. Deborah on said:

      I am stingy when it comes to which historical romances I indulge in. When I read the blurb for His Scandalous Kiss, I knew I needed to read this book! I have read others in Sophie Barnes' Secrets at Thorncliff Manor series and this was just as intriguing!The book starts out at a Masquerade Ball and author Sophie Barnes spellbinds you with her words! I could clearly see what she was vividly describing! I felt like I was on the sideline watching everything unfold! I loved it!Richard has been reclu [...]

    20. The Book Junkie Reads . . . on said:

      From The Book Junkie Reads . . . His Scandalous Kiss (Secrets at Thorncliff Manor, #3) . . .There was intrigue, mystery, plots within plots, deceptions, misguidance, and some masquerade foreplay. We have returned to the one place that holds secrets and intrigue for the masses. Where else can you be seen but not seen than at a masked ball? One came to uncover a plot. The other came to be seen but in a different light. The music attracted them both. Richard Heartly and Lady Mary both have their ow [...]

    21. Michele on said:

      His Scandalous Kiss was a lovely historical romance that started with a few shared moments at a masquerade and finished with a great HEA. Along the way our hero and heroine had a local mystery to solve while they kept their own secrets hidden from family and friends. ‘His mouth met hers, so full of love for this extraordinary woman who’d brought joy back into his life. He would give her the world if he could and he would cherish every second they’d been granted with each other.’This trul [...]

    22. Isha Coleman on said:

      Having read as many books as I have, it's easy for me to make a decision on how I feel about a particular story and author writing style. Sophie Barnes made that harder for me with His Scandalous Kiss. Ms. Barnes is a masterful storyteller. Her imagery is so vivid that I felt like I was experiencing the story first hand. Thorncliff Manor proved to be the best setting for the unfolding romance of Mary and Richard. One reason is the place was as mysterious as the event that took place there. Anoth [...]

    23. Becca Walker on said:

      Fell out of love when the first meeting between h and H was as cold as an iceberg because they were going on and on about Austens novels, with some sophisticated language that was a bit too much, someone just chucked a bucket of cold water all over this situation.

    24. Kathy on said:

      This book has it all: stalwart hero, enchanting heroine, evil villain and an exciting plot. Richard and Mary are perfect together.

    25. Cs on said:

      While I jumped into a series by starting with book three, it was outstanding and I had no difficulty following because it can be read as a stand-alone. I loved the characters, although my mind kept making connections with the Broadway musical, "Phantom of the Opera". Lady Mary is an opera singer, unbeknownst to all but her conniving brother and the theater owner. Richard Heartley is a prisoner-of-war survivor, scarred by his torturers. For five years, he has kept himself locked away from all but [...]

    26. Holly on said:

      This is a four star romance novel. Those who don't read romance novels, this is not a four star book. I think the real driver for my rating is this book was read at the right time. Light in content, no real plot, but I liked the characters (though they had their moments). And they held off on having sex; a surprise to me as other romance novels I've read recently was growing rather tedious with chapter to chapter of sex.

    27. Jacqueline Ang on said:

      Marvelous writing from Sophie. It's as though i'm living through the experience while reading. The hate, sorrow and shame that Richard feels. The excitement and loneliness of Mary and best of all the love that grows between both of them.

    28. Anna Granberg on said:

      The Phantom of the Opera meets Beauty and the Beast. I liked this book the least out of the three I've read in this Regency Romance series so far. The beginning was good, but the last 80 or so pages were kind of a disappointment filled with cliches.

    29. Pam on said:

      This is an enjoyable addition to the Secrets of Thorncliff Manor. A story that is a bit dark and gothic as we are treated to masquerade balls, a mysterious hero who hides in the dark and a heroine who has her own secrets.Richard Heartly is in hiding. He came back from the war several years ago but has exiled himself to the darkness of night and his room at Thorncliff Manor. His brother is the only one that knows he is back, while most of his family and society believe he is missing or dead. He i [...]

    30. Gwyn Plummer on said:

      The mysteries of Thorncliff Manor continue on with delightfully charming and witty characters. Richard Hartly has his struggles. Presumed dead by most, he lives a secret life. The masquerade ball provides the perfect backdrop for an opportunity to secretly rejoin society, if only for a night. He hadn’t banked on being immediately attracted to anyone, but that’s exactly what happens when he sees Mary for the first time. It’s more than her physical beauty. She carries herself with a certain [...]

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