Monday, November 21, 2016

BOOK REVIEW- ONLY A KISS-(#6 The Survivor's Club)

Only a Kiss: A Survivors' Club Novel by [Balogh, Mary]
The Survivors’ Club: Six men and one woman, injured in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendships forged in steel and loyalty. But for one, her trials are not over....

Since witnessing the death of her husband during the wars, Imogen, Lady Barclay, has secluded herself in the confines of Hardford Hall, their home in Cornwall. The new owner has failed to take up his inheritance, and Imogen desperately hopes he will never come to disturb her fragile peace.

Percival Hayes, Earl of Hardford, has no interest in the wilds of Cornwall, but when he impulsively decides to pay a visit to his estate there, he is shocked to discover that it is not the ruined heap he had expected. He is equally shocked to find the beautiful widow of his predecessor’s son living there.

Soon Imogen awakens in Percy a passion he has never thought himself capable of feeling. But can he save her from her misery and reawaken her soul? And what will it mean for him if he succeeds?  AMAZON 4 STARS

I felt like this story was a 3.5 Stars but worked its way up to 4 Stars as time went on.  I warmed up to it more as it went on.
I liked both of the main characters.  Percy had the gift of  absurdity, laughter and joy.  He was loved by everyone.  His own definition was that he had charm that oozed out of his pores.  He had been an extremely intelligent young man but then for 10 years wasted his talents in rowdy behavior.  He was always gracious to other people and especially kind to women.  He liked them and he had many an affair but none had grabbed a hold of his attention for long.  However, when he met Imogene, the Marble Lady, every courtesy flew right out of the window.  He found that he had comments coming out of his mouth that he never intended to actually say.  And some of them were rude, personal and often things you just didn't say to a lady.
Their very first meeting is a perfect example of that.
Imogene had been through so much and was suffering from survivors guilt.  She had crushed all feeling behind a very cool facade.  It reminded me of another survivor in their club, Ralph.  It was really nice to re-connect with all of the other survivors in the club and their wives.  I've enjoyed this series a lot.   Percy's family and friends were a delight as well.  They helped provide even more smiles as did the unlikely lot of animals that Percy found running free in his estate.  Hector was of special interest and provided more smiles to the story.
There are a few unexpected twists in the story, some long held mysteries get exposed and we also find out that Percy is not fun and games.  He takes a stand and causes some major changes.  It was good to see.  There were emotional times for Imogene when she begins to unfreeze from her self imposed prison. There is one particular scene that even brought a few tears to my eyes.
Don't worry though Imogene and Percy do get their HEA.

The author added a preview of another book in the series.  "Only Beloved."  Whew, she really knows how to grab your interest.  She leaves it at an interesting point, and in an interesting way.  So, yes I am reading that one now.

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