Sweet Afternoon Delight: Kiss Me Darkly by Cecilia Gray #SweetDelight

Posted February 24, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews, Sweet Delight / 12 Comments

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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sweet Afternoon Delight: Kiss Me Darkly by Cecilia Gray #SweetDelight
Kiss Me Darkly

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Series: Kiss A Belle #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on December 24, 2018
Pages: 122
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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The Delight

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.



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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Angie Elle
2 years ago

There’s nothing that starts a story off like a nice firm decision that is torn asunder! LOL It seems Dinah’s father got his way.

Great review. I’m glad you enjoyed this one. 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

Ha! Yes! She is so obdurate about her single state and then Graham comes along and turns her world upside down. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
2 years ago

hmmm I think I’d like this series, love the cover. Thanks Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yes! These are light and quick and full of humor. I think you’d get a kick out of them, Debbie.

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

Glad to hear that you liked it.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

They were a fun couple. 😉

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

LOL, short-circuited kisses are the best. I love that she was a nerd. Lovely review my friend. The series and author are new to me.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

She was so gobsmocked by that kiss that took her by surprise. It was great to have him turn the tables because up to then she’d had things all her own way. 🙂

2 years ago

I can see you had a good time with this one.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

This pair was a hoot, Nadene. 😉

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Poor Graham! I’m happy to hear they both find and unexpected “cure” in each other. I do like the sound of this one, and I’m a fan (as you know) of historical romances. Wonderful review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

The humor in this had me chuckling as she tried to ‘cure’ him and he ends up teaching her a thing or to as well. Thanks, Rachel!