This Perfect Kiss

This Perfect Kiss

by Melody Thomas

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“Melody Thomas is an author to watch! [She] kept me glued to the pages!”
 —Karen Hawkins

Melody Thomas brings breathtaking new life to a classic fairy tale in This Perfect Kiss. A poignant, passion-filled Cinderella story unfolding in the Highlands of Scotland, Thomas’s Kiss tells the heart-soaring tale of a haunted “Prince Charming” reunited with the mysterious woman who enchanted him with a kiss at a masquerade ball years earlier. Every reader who misses the lush romance of the emotion-rich historicals of Judith McNaught and Kathleen E. Woodiwiss—and current fans of the work of historical romance superstar Stephanie Laurens—will be thrilled to discover a new favorite in Melody Thomas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061898761
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Melody Thomas is a wordsmith, a creator of dreams, and a passionate believer in happy endings. A product of thirteen schools and twenty-two moves stretching across the United States and Europe, she is a self-proclaimed gypsy. Her fascination with historical romance began when, in her teens, she visited the Tower of London and learned that Henry the Eighth had beheaded two of his wives. This was great fodder for her teenage imagination and the start of a love affair with history, intrigue, and irresistible heroes.

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This Perfect Kiss 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1775 Saundra sprains her ankle leaving her bedridden and unable to attend a gala. Her cousin Christel Douglas borrows the gown and sneaks into the masked ball. Her slipper falls off her foot and Camden St. Giles picks it up. He kisses her. However, Camden marries Saundra while Christel leaves Scotland for America where she marries and becomes a widow. It is almost a decade since the kiss that shook her core, but now Christel finally comes home to watch over her late cousin's child. Camden is not the man she remembers as he suffered injuries during the war with the colonies and cannot believe his side lost. She hears rumors about Saundra's death and he believes she killed those who murdered her husband. As they are wary of each other, the kiss remains burned in both of their souls. This Perfect Kiss is an exciting Georgian romance filled with betrayal, twists and spins. The key support cast is fully developed but it is the lead couple who makes the tale entertaining as each has lost their mate in some ways to the recent colonial revolt, but has each other if they can trust their heart. Melody Thomas provides an engaging historical second chance at love. Harriet Klausner
QueenofBooksSue More than 1 year ago
Camden St. Giles, heir of the Carrick dynasty in Scotland, meets an unknown lady at a masquerade ball. The unknown lady asks for a kiss and he obliges. They both feel a instant connection, but Camden tells her that he's to marry and forget about him. Even though Camden doesn't know who he kissed, the lady will never forget because she is the sister of his fiancee'. You have to read this book! I loved all the characters and description of Scotland. The author makes you feel so intuned with everything. Thanks so much Ms. Thomas for writing this great romantic story. Keep it going!!
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Since Christel Douglas' mother had been known as the "colonial whore" in Ayrshire, Christel was not invited to social events like the Golden Masquerade Ball at Blackthorn Castle in late eighteenth century Scotland. However, she was nothing if not a resourceful person who managed to go pretty much wherever she pleased. She was at the ball in a golden gown, golden slippers, and a mask. That night she left a lasting impression on Camden St. Giles, heir to Carrick earldom, before she was shipped off to America. After nine years and the American Revolution when Christel and Camden meet again, they have scars from life and war. Psychological and emotional scars are far worse than the physical ones. Guilt, regrets, fears, and secrets assail both of them to the point that happiness and fulfillment of dreams seem out of reach. Christel, ever the survivor, returns to Scotland because of a letter from her cousin Saundra who died before Christel arrived. With all the old desires and hurts to be dealt with as well as her deeds back in America, she declares she needs no one and doesn't want to be needed. However, eight-year-old Anna, Camden and Saundra's daughter, wiggles her way right into Christel's heart, while Christel's mongrel "Dog" wiggles his way into Anna's heart. Dog is a character that truly earns his keep-his attitude and loyalty is not to be messed with. Camden whom Christel considers her "sin" and "curse" holds her heart even though he has changed. Once known as "the barracuda" who roamed the seas as a proud naval officer in the service of The Crown, he now is a sea merchant after being denounced for his failure to bring about a miracle at the Yorktown battle in America where he almost lost his life. Betrayed by his country and his wife, Camden is bitter an uncaring about all except Anna. With Christel's abrupt return into his life, he struggles with a whole new set of emotions. As they deal with his scapegrace brother Leighton, with Tianna, the person instrumental in getting Christel sent to America, and with others like his longtime friend Sir Jacob Westomont, and his grandmother, their lives become entangled in the ongoing intrigues that hang on even though the war is over. Heartbreaking and adrenaline-pumping events along with shocking revelations press in on Camden and Christel, yet their love, so long denied, forges a path through it all. The love scenes are memorable. Melody Thomas creates a story of love that grips the heart. She uses metaphors that bring descriptions and emotions to life, e.g. "silk and satin shifting like sunlight through polished glass, ".sweet ecstasy like one savored the rare taste of rich chocolate". She uses events in history to develop vibrant characters. The Perfect Kiss is filled with strong emotions and convictions and has a unique perspective of a given time in history. However, Camden and Christel's enduring love shines through all the turmoil like a beacon on a dark night. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Anonymous 8 days ago
Well-written, romance and adventure, echo of REBECCA
bookworm2bookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At Heart website. RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS: THIS PERFECT KISS was such a tenderhearted story that it gave me pleasure from start to finish. Christel Douglas is seventeen, and she knows that the only man for her is Camden St. Giles, captain in the Royal Navy and a future earl of Carrick. She is also aware that he hardly knows who she is and that they would never be together. This young woman has no illusions of `grand love' when it comes to Camden, but like any young woman, she is allowed to dream. And she dreams to kiss this gorgeous young man. She gets that opportunity one enchanting night, during a ball. She follows Camden out of the ballroom and they share a perfect, passionate kiss. Christel keeps her identity hidden from Camden by the mask she wears, knowing that he would never have anything to do with her as class and her birth right will always stand in their way. Camden St. Giles is twenty-two years old, but that doesn't stop this young, ambitious man from achieving status and glory in the Royal Navy. He takes time out from his duty to the Crown to fulfill his duty to his family and marry. On the night of his betrothal ball, he spies a young and beautiful woman dancing under the stars and steals a kiss from her. He wants to dance with her and makes her promise him to come inside and share a dance. Alas, she never fulfills the promise, and that night, Camden gets engaged to Saundra, her cousin. It has been ten years since that night. They've been touched by love and war and both carry deep scars from that time; but the memory of that perfect kiss lingers on in them both, and the need in their hearts for one another will not be denied any longer. I just loved this story. The author does such a fantastic job of drawing us into the story that just as I thought I figured it out, she goes and throws me a curve ball! It was well told, with plenty of wonderful love scenes, back story, and a perfect pace. She gives us a peek into the American Revolution and some of the Scots who've helped the Americans against the British. The writing style of this author is crisp, clean, and refreshing. This is my first ever Melody Thomas novel, but it will not be the last. Melanie
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MWanderer More than 1 year ago
The main characters in this story have been injured by those that surround them. Many think they should never have been together. Ultimately they find each other. I enjoyed this romance.
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