Title: If his Kiss is Wicked
Author: Jo Goodman
Review Number: 3
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
Phew. Now that I got this out of my chest I can say that If his kiss is Wicked is quite simply splendid!
Emma Hathaway, our heroine, has been kidnapped and almost killed by unknown captors but she managed to escape and is now certain that the threat is not over although she is not sure that she is the intended victim of the attack or even if she is not just simply going mad. She contacts our hero, Restell Gardner, a sort of Private Investigator, who helps people in trouble in exchange for favours to be returned when necessary, and he agrees to help her.
To say more about the plot is to spoil part of the pleasure of the book – the investigation of the crime is as much as important to the story as the romance between Emma and Restell. I am glad to report that the mystery was not a secondary, contrived storyline that was there only to serve the main plot, i.e. the growing love between the protagonists. Quite the contrary, the mystery and the romance were intertwined in such a wonderful way that at times I didn’t know whether I wanted them to carry on investigating or kissing.
And talking about kissing (since I can’t talk about the mystery without spoiling the outcome): wow. What a love story. Restell is such a wonderful hero. Not your usual Tormented Alpha Male, he is considerate, funny, smart and sweet. Not that I have anything against Tormented Heroes but sometimes it is very refreshing to get a respite. Because he doesn’t have issues that need to be dealt with, he can concentrate in helping Emma whilst at the same time being unable not to fall in love with her. She doesn’t believe in love – she thinks it is nothing but a passing feeling – but she can’t help falling in love with him either, for all of the above qualities, plus did I mention he is hot? Well, he is. The sex scenes are well written and of good taste – although there is one scene that may offend the more sensitive, but for me it was on the right side of erotic.
Actually, the whole book is well written. Jo Goodman has a way with words, to be sure, and I found myself going back to sentences, paragraphs and even whole chapters in order to let the writing sink in. I had several parts marked to bring over to the review but the one below is one of my favorites:
“The moment he inclined his head, Emma rose on tiptoes. Her arms went around his neck with enough force to bring her body flush to his. His hands at the small of her back held her there. She lifter her face and the distance that separated their mouths ceased to exist. When he whispered her name, it was as if she could taste the sound of it on her lips.
She was delighted to learn her name tasted like warm brandy.
Restelll edged Emma backward against the pianoforte, and her hip brushed the keys. Neither of them noticed the oddly discordant accompaniment to their kiss, nor would they have done anything differently if they had.
Their kiss would suffer no trivial interruption. “
And neither did I as I read the book – my partner knows better than to approach me when I have a Not to be Disturbed warning in my eyes.
Verdict: BUY it NOW. I am keeping my copy at hand for future swooning.
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