While in search of a midnight snack, Lady Isabel Chalsey stumbles upon a masked thief. Not one to cower, she asks him what he's doing in her house, to which said thief replies that he is there to steal a kiss. And what a kiss it is. The kiss is so distracting that Sullivan Waring doesn't even notice her lifting his mask, until he's out of the house and on his way home.
Sullivan is breaking into the homes of aristocrats reclaiming his mother's paintings that were stolen from him. His encounter with Isabel throws him for a loop and when he realizes his mask is missing he knows he's in real trouble, now someone can identify the Mayfair Marauder.
The next day Isabel goes with her brother to a horse action, where much to her surprise, she runs into her thief. Sullivan is not only a thief, but also the most sought-after horse breeder in England. Loving a good mystery, Isabel is curious as to why Sullivan is stealing the artwork. Deciding that she wants to solve the puzzle (and maybe experience another kiss) before turning him in, she blackmails him into training her new horse and teaching her how to ride.
Can Isabel solve the mystery behind Sullivan Waring?
AFTER THE KISS is a cute story. I liked the idea of the story and I thought it was well done, but I just couldn't get in touch with Isabel and Sullivan's relationship. I really liked Sullivan, even though I was irritated with his insistence she would never be able to be truly happy living outside of the aristocracy. I also liked Isabel, I just found her rather dull in a spoiled annoying sort of way. I felt that the chemistry between them was kind a mediocre, I just couldn't feel the spark.
I did find myself more intrigued by the secondary characters than the main characters of this book. I adored Isabel's brother Douglas, he was funny and a very typical boy, and came across as being so real to me. I also found myself wanting to hear more about Bram, he is going to make a great reformed rake, I'm thinking.
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. About the Author A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books. She once appeared on an E! special, Star Wars Is Back, as an expert on the romance in the Star Wars movies. Other highlights include winning her third grade spelling bee, receiving an E.T. poster and T-shirt in an alien-inspired poetry contest, and submitting a script for The A-Team (which was not why the series was cancelled). When she is not busily working on her next novel, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.