OMG! I think I repeated this phrase several times will reading this book. This was my first time reading one of Bronwen’s books and I have now added all her books to my TBR pile! Kiss of Lies is a book that has everything you could want in a story…a tragic hero, a strong heroine and a story that just doesn’t stop.
Sarah Cooper (know to the ton as Lady Serena Castleton) is fleeing England and a truly horrible marriage. She hopes to hide away as a governess for the Earl of Markham. Christian, the Earl of Markham is in Canada after being forced out of England for a scandal that he was wrongly accused of. Hoping to restore his name he decides to head back to England. While in Canada he has been given guardianship of his friends young daughter and so the need for a governess arose. As Sarah and Christian journey to England they start to realize that they have feelings for one another. But upon arriving in England their journey towards a happily ever after is not an easy one. Now that they are together they have to navigate their past as someone is out to hurt them.
Christian is truly a tortured soul. He was severely injured in the war and has to live with the damage to his body. For a long time I felt he was just existing and it was until he met Sarah that he started to come out of his shell. He starts to live again. I felt so bad for him as he not only had to endure hardship from the war but also the scandal that sent him from home. Both of these events were cause by people out to do him harm. Sara is like Christian in many ways, wounded and alone. But I found her to be a strong woman as not many at that time would have left England and all she knew. She wants more out of her life and hopes to achieve it as a governess. Together Christian and Sara are just delightful. They both are attracted to each other and slowly begin to trust one another as they both have been so hurt in the past. But once they do get together it was beautiful! I got so happy when they did!
Kiss of Lies is a wonderful story by a truly talented author. The story is well written with characters that you can’t help cheer for. Kiss of Lies is the start of a new series and I can’t wait for the next one. I am now a total Bronwen Fan Girl!
From the Author:
In Bronwen Evans’s Loveswept debut, a pair of damaged souls ignite each other’s deepest passions—even as they tempt fate by deceiving the world.
Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. A governess, however, has no business in the arms of an earl, and as she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets. One of the renowned Libertine Scholars, Christian Trent once enjoyed the company of any woman he chose. But that was before the horrors of Waterloo, his wrongful conviction of a hideous crime, and his forcible removal from England. Far from home and the resources he once had, Christian believes the life he knew—and any chance of happiness—is over . . . until his ward’s governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.