Thursday, December 17, 2009

Scoundrel's Kiss by Carrie Lofty



Carrie Lofty sweeps her readers away to exotic Moorish Spain, in her newest novel Scoundrel’s Kiss, a fabulous follow-up to her Zebra debut, What a Scoundrel Wants.


In a land of contrasts, divided by several faiths, Ada of Keyworth is in the throes of a debilitating dependence on opium. Once a scholar in England, now Ada seeks only a mindless, blissful escape from brutal memories of her past in England. In her desperation, she rushes headlong into danger.

Gavriel de Marqueda is a novice of the knightly Order of Santiago, also determined to leave the past behind him. He blindly follows his master, Gonzalo Pacheco, who has one final test of Gavriel’s devotion before he can join the Order. Gavriel soon finds himself standing in a brothel, where the beautiful Ada, in the clutches of the opium, awaits the highest bidder. Her friend Jacob rescues her, but knowing he cannot ease Ada’s addiction, he asks Gavriel to help her overcome it. She will be his final test.

Traveling north beyond the ragged mountains of Toledo, Ada awakens from her stupor to find herself in the company of Gavriel, his master and another novice, Fernan. Neither man is truly as he appears, each carrying a secret of his own. Ada teases Gavriel with her bold sensuality. He struggles with a growing attraction to her, which threatens to undo his tenuous control. Later, Gavriel separates from the brothers of his Orders, and travels alone with her. Danger stalks them along the frontier. Shadowy men with ties to Gavriel’s past are on their trails. All his personal oaths are soon in jeopardy, for in addition to a vow not to kill, he’s also taken a vow of celibacy.

When Ada arrives at the Order’s stronghold, she seemingly free of her opium dependence, but another addictive need, for Gavriel, has replaced it. The old temptation of the drug is also never far from her. Yet, Gavriel remains steadfast at her side. Their bond strengthens when he reveals his past, and recognizes the danger which surrounds them. But unknown to both of them, Ada holds a stunning connection to his past, one that will determine their fates, and the survival of a Spanish kingdom.

Carrie Lofty is a wonderfully, talented writer, and her Scoundrel’s Kiss is an engaging story. Ada and Gavriel, both haunted by their pasts, find common ground and absolution in each other. They are memorable, for their bravery and resilience with each new trial, but even more, for the power of their love. Their story was a great pleasure to read and I highly recommend Scoundrel’s Kiss.

Remember to leave a comment to win a copy of Scoundrel's Kiss, and join us tomorrow, with our guest blogger Carrie Lofty.


17 comments:

Marg said...

I was interested in reading Carrie Lofty's first novel, but I am really interested in this one because of the unusual setting!

Lisa Yarde said...

Carrie knows a little about my obsession with Moorish Spain, so when she offered a chance to review the novel, I was thrilled. Congratulations, Carrie, and best of luck with sales.

Mirella Sichirollo Patzer said...

I love novels with unusual settings. That was a lovely review Lisa.

Tiffany said...

Interesting setting - sounds like a great read!

Thank you!

justpeachy36 said...

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This looks like a great novel. I can't wait to read it.

Please enter me in the giveaway.

skyla11377 said...

This Book Sounds Awesome. I Would Loved To Be Considered For This Giveaway.

Soullumination said...

Wow! Sounds amazing - cannot wait to read.

Love the setting!

Martha said...

I really enjoyed What a Scoundrel Wants and I would like to read this book too!!

MarthaE said...

I'm not sure why that posted with the wrong google account so I am reposting with the right one. Thanks!

Moth said...

I read the first "scoundrel" book and really enjoyed it. I'd love to see how this one turned out.

Pearl said...

Carrie Lofty is on my wishlist and I love unusual settings! This books sounds fabulous!


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Pearl

pearl (at) realmsonourbookshelves (dot) com

Katie said...

I am so excited for this one to come out, ever since What a Scoundrel Wants! I followed the link here from Carrie Lofty's website.

Barbara E. said...

The description has me intrigued. The Moorish Spain setting and the characters make this a book that I'm sure I'll enjoy.

M. said...

The cover is very pretty (though no monk I've ever seen looked like that), but kind of ironic that the color is in the neighborhood of scarlet for this book, rather than its predecessor...

I loved absolutely everything about a visit to Spain some years ago and can't wait to visit again via this tantalizing story. If it's anything like the first story, I'll zoom through in one sitting. Hooray for unusual settings.

Chelsea B. said...

This book sounds so good! I can't wait to read it!:-)

Carrie Lofty said...

The cover is very pretty (though no monk I've ever seen looked like that), but kind of ironic that the color is in the neighborhood of scarlet for this book, rather than its predecessor...

Oh, M., you read my mind! I ADORE the cover, but I thought...what a missed opportunity for Will Scarlet! But that's OK. Will had trees, at least (and Dockers, but we won't go there). And my husband, bless him, took one look and said, "Monks don't have Fabio hair." Doh! I like to think this is a few years later and they're still hot for each other ;)

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. And best of luck! I'll draw a random winner tomorrow (Mon) morning.

Carrie Lofty said...

My daughter picked the number 7 at random. Skipping Lisa, who already has it, that makes Martha the winner! Congrats!

Send me your details:

contact AT carrielofty DOT com

Congratulations, and thanks to everyone else for stopping by!