His Wicked Kiss
His Wicked Kiss is the seventh novel in an extraordinary family saga. It features Lord Jack Knight as the hero, a sea captain who for altruistic reasons, as well as profit, is supporting Simon Bolivar’s revolution in Venezuela by supplying him with guns. On his return trip to England in 1818, his cargo of zebrawood and other commodities also includes a stowaway, Enid Farraday. Twelve years earlier, Enid’s father, a physician and naturalist, retired to the jungle to study healing plants. All through her teenage years, Enid has had one goal, namely to return to London, have a season, and get married. She seizes an opportunity to sneak aboard Jack’s ship. This is only the beginning of a love story fraught with dangers and adversities, all of which are resolved in the end. Foley’s description of primitive life of the Indian tribe is interesting, and her grasp of time needed to accomplish certain tasks is more convenient than accurate, but there is no denying that she tells a good story.