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Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on December 24, 2018
After enjoying the opening story, Kiss Me After, I was well pleased to dive into the story of the next Belle sister to find her way to romance. Oh my, this one was going to be tricky because we have Graham Abernathy who needs to get over his first love and Dinah Belle who has shunned anything of the emotions and embraces science-only.
Kiss Me Darkly is the the second book in the Kiss a Belle series. The first three books in this series take place along the same time line, but they do seem to work best when taken in order.
Dinah is known in society circles as the Blase’ Belle of the five wealthy Belle sisters. She is thought to be cold and unfeeling, strictly analytical, and uncomfortably clever. Dinah herself would agree because she has disciplined herself to be so. What has love and emotions ever gotten anyone, but pain, grief, and suffering? Her father has been a broken man in some ways since the death of his wife and he has the notion that he must marry off all his daughters into the tip top of the upper classes in his wife’s memory. Dinah has no plans to comply with this and determines never to marry.
But, she has a bold plan to ‘cure’ her father of his love and grief so he will move on with life and not make such drastic plans for her life. First, she needs to experiment to figure out how to go about a cure and there is no more immediate or better experiment than the love-lorn Graham Abernathy who just found out the woman he loved and thought reciprocated his feelings has chosen another. Over the course of the experiment, it may not just be Graham who gets cured, but will Dinah allow herself to trust in the existence of love and allow herself to feel?
While I liked the first first book, there was a shine and sparkle to Dinah and Graham’s story. The chemistry was easily apparent and they ended up being a couple that worked against all probability. I loved seeing them both grow to be friends and then realize there was more. I particularly was taken with watching Dinah realize what was driving her and figure out what she really wanted and what made her happy.
All in all, this was a delightful Regency romance that brought smiles. That kiss of Graham’s short-circuited Dinah’s scientific brain and had us both feeling a tad fluttery. I’m not sure any of the other sister’s romance will top this one for me, but I’m willing to press forward and let them try. Those who enjoy light Regency Romance including a fun circle of family and friends should pick this one up.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.