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After the Kiss

by Suzanne Enoch (Author)

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I'm rather discombobulated by this book. I spent the first half of the book being lukewarm at best toward it.

Sullivan is a rather nondescript hero to the story. A fairly mild by-blow of a blue-blood with a talent for horses. His life is neither super traumatic nor super blessed on any level. Nor is he so talented people just ignore the fact that he's not acknowledged.

Isabel is a spoiled brat, but not THAT much of a spoiled brat. She orders him around and blackmails him, but none of it with any particular venom or enmity. She's the daughter of a titled gentleman, the only daughter, and fears horses (for a good reason) but with no particular flare for the melodramatic.

Instead, they sort of quietly bicker and banter and blackmail and somewhere along the line actually like each other as people and by the time she was sneaking out to meet up with him in the barn, I realized I was sold on a book I didn't particular have a lot of feelings about.

By the time I finished it, I was even more at a loss for what to say about it in specifics. It feels like a meh book by a good author, but ... I've never read anything else by Suzanne Enoch, so I can't even say that with any certainty.

It was a GOOD book, though. And I ended up rather liking the journey that Isabel took, and still being mostly lukewarm toward Sullivan. I've read so many despicable, deeply unlikable heroes, and so many overly amazing lovely ones that honestly, Sullivan was kind of a breath of fresh, if slightly tepid, air. ( )
  dukedukegoose | Jan 26, 2015 |
An interesting variation on the noble thief motif. Instead of a mysterious lady thief caught in the act by an alpha male who, instead of handing her over to the authorities, suddenly finds himself intrigued by his captive, in [b:After the Kiss|2391321|After the Kiss (Notorious Gentlemen, #1)|Suzanne Enoch|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327938873s/2391321.jpg|2398333] the thief is a successful horse trader attempting to recover his deceased mother's stolen paintings. During one particular heist he's caught red-handed by an elegant young lady sneaking to the kitchen for a midnight snack. To prevent her calling for help, he kisses her and runs away before she can recover her composure. And so begins the romance between Sullivan, war hero but unrecognised illegitimate son of a wealthy lord, and Isabel, a sophisticated and (inevitably) strong-willed young lady.

Isabel being a titled lady and Sullivan an illegitimate commoner, their love affair is doomed from the start. Perhaps the only major flaw in this well-written novel (and it's a very big flaw) is the number of times Ms Enoch reminds the reader of the aristocrat-commoner conflict. Any intelligent reader will have understood the situation when it was first introduced, so the repetitions become tedious and condescending.

Fortunately there are plenty of other threads in this narrative and a goodly number of interesting side characters. The detailed description of how a horse is trained to saddle and how a beginner learns to ride were most welcome, giving the story an authentic feel.

The happy ending was a foregone conclusion from the first chapter of the book, and could have been given a little more space and colour, but overall this ranks as another of Ms Enoch's captivating historical romances. ( )
  skirret | Jan 2, 2015 |
Thoroughly enjoyable regency. Though the ending is too convenient, I like that it critically explores the ridiculousness of social caste and its sexy and fun. It is hard to do both. Kudos Ms. Enoch. ( )
  Narshkite | Oct 13, 2013 |
Sullivan Waring is an unacknowledged by blow of an aristocratic father and former office in the calvary. Now he is a respected horse bredder and thief. He spends his nights breaking into houses and reclaiming the paintings his mother left after her death that should have been his inheritance. It is during one of these break ins that he runs into Lady Isabel Chalsey. After being throughly kissed by the bulgar, Isabel can not bring herself to turn him in even when she recognizes Sullivan the next day. Determined to find out why Sullivan is committing the thieves she blackmails him into breaking in a horse for her and teaching her how to ride. As Sullivan takes more and more risks his actions put Isabel's reputation in danger and he has to decide what is more important to him--revenge or the growing passion he shares with Isabel. ( )
  mlorio | Apr 17, 2011 |
Could not stand "Tibby's" snobbish personality. The storyline was unbelievable and boring. A definite no go as far as I was concerned. Sorry I wasted my time. ( )
  itsamekatrina | Oct 21, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060843098, Mass Market Paperback)

A Notorious Gentleman . . .

Sullivan Waring wants only two things: his rightful inheritance, and revenge against the man who stole it from him. By day, Sullivan is the most respected horse breeder in England; by night, he plunders the ton's most opulent homes to reclaim his late mother's beautiful paintings. His quest is going swimmingly . . . until the night he's discovered by Lady Isabel Chalsey. Clad only in a revealing nightdress, she's an entrancingly different kind of plunder, and how can a thief resist stealing a kiss?

A Curious Lady . . .

Surprised by a masked man in her own home, Isabel should be quaking with fear. Instead the sight of the sinfully handsome Sullivan makes her tremble with excitement. Who is this man, and why is he so set on this reckless pursuit? Lady Isabel loves a challenge, and she'll dare anything to uncover Sullivan's secret—but she may instead convince him that she is the greatest prize of all.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:52:46 -0400)

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"Sullivan Waring wants only two things: his rightful inheritance, and revenge against the man who stole it from him. By day, Sullivan is the most respected horse breeder in England; by night, he plunders the ton's most opulent homes to reclaim his late mother's beautiful paintings. His quest is going swimmingly ... until the night he's discovered by Lady Isabel Chasley. Clad only in a revealing nightdress, she's an entrancingly different kind of plunder, and how can a thief resist stealing a kiss? Surprised by a masked man in her own home, Isabel should be quaking with fear. Instead the sight of the sinfully handsome Sullivan makes her tremble with excitement. Who is this man and why is he so set on this reckless pursuit? Lady Isabel loves a challenge, and she'll dare anything to uncover Sullivan's secret - but she may instead convince him that she is the greatest prize of all."--Jacket.… (more)

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