Only a Kiss

Written by Mary Balogh
Review by Eileen Charbonneau

Did you ever read a romance convinced that the hero was just not going to shape up by the happily-ever-after? My thought exactly on the shallow, useless Percival Hayes, Lord of Hardford, at the start of Only a Kiss. Not to worry: he is in the hands of Mary Balogh, fast becoming the gold standard of historical romance set in Regency-era England. Match this seemingly spoiled lightweight with a much darker, deeply disturbed war survivor in Imogen, Lady Barclay. Now add the setting of a smuggler-haven: Cornwall. Voila – readers are off to a satisfying love story. Imogen is an ice woman who gradually thaws just as the spring flowers begin to return to her beloved garden, under the humor and care of the new Earl of Hardford. Her return to life is poignant, heartrending and beautiful. And Percy finds surprising and welcome depth… for himself and delighted readers both.