Swept Away by a Kiss

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Swept Away by a Kiss

Lady Valerie Monroe was banished from England by her father, as punishment for her scandalous behavior. On her father's death she is eager to return to her home and family. A pirate attack leaves her captive to a vicious madman. She is held prisoner with the enticingly handsome, yet forbidden Jesuit priest, Etienne LaMarque, who may be her only chance of safety.

Viscount Steven Ashford is on a mission of vengeance when the lovely Valerie is ensnared in the dangerous plot. Can he keep his disguise intact around the luscious lady? When the opportunity comes to disclose his true identity, will it be to late?

Regrettably, this book did not sweep me away. I was so excited to get a book that took place on a the high seas with pirates, but that was quickly diminished, mostly because I had a very hard time connecting with Valerie, who came off as too stubborn for her own good. She made rash decisions that seemed foolish to me, and pointless in the growth of the story. I liked Steven, for the most part, but there were times that I though he was a bit to assuming, as to what he expected Valerie to do for him. Each time I felt that their chemistry was starting to click, one of them would do or say something that made me just plain irritated. I had hoped that they would have consummated their relationship earlier in the storyline, because too much teasing and tension just made it painful for me. I like sexual tension in a book, and don't need the steamy scenes, but when they continuously get so close to completing the act but always going away unsatisfied, I end up thinking, please just do it and get it over with.

Book Blurb for Swept Away by a Kiss

A Secret Identity
When pirates storm Lord Steven Ashford’s ship upon the high seas, it brings him closer than ever to the nefarious criminal he seeks to ruin. Only one seductive detail threatens his victory: the scandalous beauty imprisoned with him, Lady Valerie Monroe. Temptation has never been so intoxicating or so forbidden, for Steven is disguised as a French priest. If they make it off the ship alive, to protect her from his enemies, he must never see her again… 
An Undeniable Love
Back in England, and under the ton’s scrutiny for a reckless past she hasn’t escaped, Valerie dreams of the breathtaking “man of the cloth” with whom she shared her greatest adventure. Then he reappears in society under his true identity, Viscount Ashford, but despite the danger their consuming passion cannot be denied. Now standing in the way of their desire are Valerie’s wounded heart, Steven’s lone destiny, and a villain that will stop at nothing to crush them both.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 2.50