"engaging historical romance"
In 1859, Evan Mackenzie arrives at his Scottish earldom
without any fanfare. He loves the area, but has not been
back in a decade since his mom walked out on his father.
Now inheriting the Kildonan keep, he hopes to retract some
of the practices that hurt the estates, but first he must
pay off debts accrued by his father. He plans to use his
engineering salary to do so.
While climbing down a mountainside a storm hits. Evan
falls and passerby Catriona MacConn saves his life.
However, her father finds them in a compromised position
though nothing happened and they were just trying to stay
warm during the freezing night. He offers to marry her,
but she is wary especially when she learns he is the new
earl. After she becomes his countess, they become better
acquainted, and fall in love. However, she has a secret
quest and he struggles with guilt from a tragic bridge
disaster that he worked on so their marriage remains on
shaky ground and could implode at any moment
KISSING THE COUNTESS is an engaging historical romance
starring two charming lead protagonists who on the surface
seem wrong for each other, but deep inside make a perfect
match. The story line engages the audience from the
moment Catriona drags Evan to a flimsy shelter. The lead
couple is a delight and her brother is a solid support
player, but her henpecked father and her henpecking aunt
are a bit irritating with their holier than thou
pronouncements. Still Susan King shows why she is highly
regarded by sub-genre fans with this strong tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 25, 2003