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The Kiss of a Stranger (The Jonquil Brothers )

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  6,586 Ratings  ·  1,032 Reviews
When Crispin, Lord Cavratt, thoroughly and scandalously kisses a serving woman in the garden of a country inn, he assumes the encounter will be of no consequence. But he couldn't be more mistaken--the maid is not only a lady of birth, she's the niece of a very large, exceptionally angry gentlemen, who claims Crispin has compromised his niece beyond redemption. The dismayed ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published January 3rd 2011 by Covenant Communications Inc. (first published November 10th 2008)
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Nikki Wilson
Jan 05, 2011 Nikki Wilson rated it it was amazing
Sarah did it once again. I downloaded her book to my ipod and I read it in less than a day. I don't know how she does it, but once I start her books I don't want to stop! My hubby left for a meeting last night and when he came home 2 hrs later I was in the same spot, I hadn't moved an inch (I really had to pee too, but I didn't care!!) Her books are just good fun reading!! I highly recommend it.
Jul 21, 2012 Cheri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
I loved this book! When Crispen kisses what he thinks is a mere servant in a garden, he has no idea that he will be married to that servant by the end of the day. Catherine has been tortured by her Uncle since her father's death, when she was thirteen years old. She owns only one dress that is too big and to Crispen looks like a potato sack. Crispen needs to decide if he will keep Catherine or let her go. This is the third book I have read by Sarah M. Eden. Her books are among my favorites, a wo ...more
Katie W
May 28, 2011 Katie W rated it it was amazing
Crispin (Lord Cavratt) scandalously kisses a young woman in the gardens to vex a lady in pursuit of him. He assumed she was a serving girl, but found an angry uncle, demanding him to marry her after that "compromising" kiss. After an immediate marriage, the couple goes back to London, expecting to get an annulment, but finding something even more unexpected instead.

I loved the humor between Crispin and Catherine. Very witty comments and funny "inside" jokes. They had a magical chemistry, althoug
Melanie Jacobson
Feb 03, 2011 Melanie Jacobson rated it it was amazing
This story isn't going to blow your mind, but Oh My Gosh, will you enjoy reading it. I am completely delighted to have found funny, clean, snappy Regencies again. In fact, in honor of this book, I'm creating a new category on my Goodreads shelf: A Great Friday Night Read. On those increasingly rare Friday nights that I get the chance to curl up with a book and read all night guilt-free (like Father/Sons campouts), this is exactly the kind of book I would want to spend it with.
Feb 11, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Blast it! This is definitely the way I want to spend a lazy dazy afternoon:) Sarah has me in stitches again with her quirky humor in The Kiss of a Stranger. Lord Cavratt is an outgoing, proud man who readily accepts his 'punishment' with a rather good attitude. I love how he is able to find the spunky minx hidden under all of Catherine's pain and the work he goes through to try and draw out the tiniest of smiles or giggles from her. I love Regency Romance and a marriage of convenience is just ab ...more
Charmaine Anderson
Feb 12, 2011 Charmaine Anderson rated it liked it
If I was 12-16 years old I would have given this 4 or 5 stars. Actually I can't believe I read it but here is what happened: There was a very charming review in last Sunday's DN paper. The next day I decided to see if it was at the library. It was written by a local girl and published by a Utah publisher (Covenant) I was 121 in line for the book at the library. Wow, this must be good! The next day on a shopping trip I stopped in at Seagull and a hundred books were stacked in the entry on sale, e ...more
Feb 17, 2011 Kristen rated it it was amazing
"Oh my!" I exclaim as I fan myself. "What an incredible adventure!"

The Kiss of a Stranger is literally the kind of book that I couldn't put down. Sure, I saw to my children's basic needs and I read their nightly books to them but after that...I forgot about everything else. I kept looking for a stopping place so I could go to bed. But, every time I thought a good conclusion was just around the corner, I read myself right into a new tremendous twist.

Darn you, Sarah Eden!

And where have your storie
Feb 24, 2011 Mara rated it liked it
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Oct 25, 2011 TJ rated it really liked it
Given the fact that one of my biggest pet peeves in plot devices is H/h drowning in misunderstandings that threaten to destroy them while refusing to SPEAK to each other and clear them up, four stars is actually a miracle for me. Understanding others may not have the same prejudices, however, Ms. Eden's quality won't be penalized.

Aside from said fact that the characters spend the entire book angst ridden by their own stupidity (the not talking thing,) this is a very sweet, well-written story. On
A. R.
May 03, 2011 A. R. rated it liked it
I wanted a light and fluffy romance to read and I wasn't disappointed. This is exactly what the doctor ordered. I liked the characters. The banter between Crispin and Catherine was fun as was their chemistry. I did find the book a bit tedious in spots, but hey, what do you want for a mindless read! It was clean, for those of you who are looking for that. Almost too clean, in my opinion. But still it was fun. I have to had to Covenant Books for publishing a book that didn't have a smidge of LDS d ...more
May 11, 2011 Scribs rated it liked it
Sarah Eden was the MC of the last writer's conference I added and she is hysterical. Really, best MC ever. I looked forward to picking up her book.

Crispin, a Lord who hates the ton and plans never to marry, grows tired of one Lady persuing him and decided to prove to her that though he doesn't plan on kissing her, he does know how to kiss a woman. So he kisses the first maid he sees--a woman he assumes is a servant standing nearby.

Catherine is the abused niece of a titled uncle. Her uncle forces
Emily Michelle
May 12, 2011 Emily Michelle rated it really liked it
On an intellectual level, I understand that this book has many failings. There's not quite as much plot as there are pages; the author could have gotten rid of about fifty pages and had the same (or a better) story. I don't even read romance novels, and I know the forced-to-get-married plot is overdone and cliche. Parts get repetitive. Some bits are just advertisements for the author's other books; it's fun that all of Eden's novels take place in the same universe, but if you haven't read her ot ...more
Sep 02, 2011 Taffy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Opening line: "Blast it all!" Crispin Handle, Lord Cavratt, did not generally resort to muttering under his breath, but an exasperating female could push even the most levelheaded gentleman to extremes."

Loved, loved this book. Who doesn't love a good, clean romance? And a Regency Romance is even better.

Sarah has a great way with words and humor in her writing and her 'real' life. She's funny, smart and short. But we can't all be tall. Then who would be find all the pennies and pick them up for g
4.5 Stars. I really enjoyed this! The story had all the elements I love in a book! I loved to see Crispin's sister try to fix everything and set Catherine up with someone else, and the jealousy that brought out in Crispin! One thing I would have liked to be different though(just personal preference) was, I would have liked to see Catherine make a fool of herself in the company of the Ton and have Crispin feel protective of her and come to her rescue, instead of her being able to hold her own and ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Gail rated it it was amazing
I know I am a hopeless romantic. I have watched a movie many times and the scene I am most waiting for is at the end when the husband and wife are finally together and they are discussing what name she should be called by from her husband. I love this book because it gives me the same hopeless feelings that true love comes softly when we realize the good qualities of others. This book is set in the time when proper etiquette rules society. A young man who is sought after by many woman, has troub ...more
Rebecca Young
Jan 11, 2012 Rebecca Young rated it liked it
I liked this book in spite of myself! I do not read a lot of fiction published by Deseret Book or Covenant. I find much of their stuff cheesy and mindless...but this one surprised me. It is still just a cute little read (I read it in about 3 hours) but I really enjoyed the characters and their surprisingly witty banter. It did become a little over the top "Much ado about Nothing" at the end. Like you wanted to scream at them to stop assuming they knew what the other was thinking! ; ). But they w ...more
A delightful romance between the confidence Crispin and the quiet, uncertain Catherine. While Crispin does not intend for the marriage to last, he can't help but be drawn to Catherine, especially when she demonstrates that beneath her timid exterior lies a mischievous sense of humor. Yet Catherine's uncle isn't finished with her which creates additional problems for the couple. My favorite scenes though are the humorous ones involving Crispin and Catherine, especially the one involving fairy cak ...more
Mar 16, 2012 Taylor rated it it was ok
This book actually wasnt that good. I should give it more credit, it wasnt that bad, and i actually quite enjoyed the book in it's earlier stages. It was cute, and i loved the hilarity the author added. Brilliant. I also loved the pianoforte scene. That was lovely. However, as the book went on, i became slightly tired of the repetitive cycle of "im mad at you, oh im sorry, misunderstanding, la la la." my slight feelings of contempt escalated as the book went on. I found it annoying how the autho ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hated having to put it down. It was a nice change to find a hero who is not a rake, a gambler, a-man-with-a-deep-dark-secret-past etc. Instead, Crispin is an all-round decent sort of fellow with a wicked sense of humour, wit, style and a degree of sensitivity not often found in romantic heroes. Sure, he's got his faults (he has a tendency at times to be too flippant) but it was a refreshing change, and I think I'd probably go for a guy like Crispin over any num ...more
Roanne Araneta
Dec 20, 2012 Roanne Araneta rated it it was amazing
I am ensnared from the very beginning. How could you not love Crispin’s odd sense of humor and Catherine’s wit? I love the fact that Crispin does not think of their wedding night. Ever. As you all know by now with romance stories no matter how bizarre the circumstances are and both parties barely know each other, males ought to always think about the wedding night. It irritates me to no end. Major turn off. However with this story the only reference to something physical was a kiss.

One time, Cat
Lady Wesley
It isn't often that I disagree with my good friend Caz, but I did not enjoy this book five stars' worth as she did. I liked the hero and heroine, but just felt that their failure to communicate went on too damn long! Just one or two forthright conversations would have made things much smoother for them -- but then I guess it would have made for a much shorter book. I do think the author did a marvelous job portraying a woman who had been mentally and physically abused for years and who just coul ...more
This entire book was based on the couple never actually talking to each other and on perpetuating misunderstandings by guessing what each other were thinking. Despite that being one of my least favorite Romance plot devices, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a good escape.
The Kiss of a Stranger was just such an enchanting little story. I was pleasantly surprised as I started, not knowing what to expect as I had never read by Sarah M. Eden.

What I found was a delightful, Regency romance… all starting when a gentleman quite scandalously kisses some serving girl to make a point to his lady “friend”. Mortifyingly, the serving girl turns out to the niece of some rich guy. And… so on.

As I read, it reminded me very much of the Jane Austen movies I had been watching r
3.5 stars. I would have given this 4 stars if the characters in the book would have just communicated with each other about their feelings. I thoroughly enjoyed the book except for the bi-polar behavior of the main couple concerning those feelings. I don't think I've read a Regency romance yet that doesn't employ this worn out trope to some degree, but I'm still looking for one.
Jul 06, 2016 Tori rated it it was amazing
Feb. 2014:I LOVED it. Crispin is awesome and Catherine was sassy. They're perfect together. I didn't really want the book to end because I was having too much fun reading it. <3

Reread 11/2014: Oh this book just makes me happy. The silly banter between Crispin and Catherine is so fun. Such a great read.

Reread 07/2016: Everytime I reread any of Sarah Eden's books, I have to reread them all. I read Seeking Persephone last week and now The Kiss of a Stranger. I think I'll read all the Jonquil bro
Anne Osterlund
Jul 05, 2014 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
Crispin has no desire to marry any of the rich society girls who have been stalking him ever since the beginning of the season. So he hightails it to the country.

Sadly, one particularly obnoxious young woman follows him. Desperate and by no means cautious, our dear Crispin latches on to the first young maid who comes wandering by and kisses her. All with the intention of ridding himself of an avaricious bride.

Mission accomplished.

Unfortunately it turns out the girl isn’t a maid, but a lady. And
Fantastic book. I absolutely loved this one from start to finish.
Although there was a serious theme running through the book (domestic violence), the book was a very entertaining read, filled with many humorous moments.

Lord Cavratt (Crispin), was a sought after wealthy young gentleman. In a moment of complete frustration, he tried to fend off an unwanted persistent admirer by kissing a stranger who he mistakenly believed to be a servant girl. Catherine was no servant girl, but a young lady livin
As much as I enjoy these books, really, I think it would be ultimately beneficial for readers of Eden to read a maximum of three of her books, as they are all essentially the same, with slight plot differences.

Anyways, the plot of this book is thus: Crispin and Catherine meet on page 5. They are married by page 12. The rest of the book is spent trying to get closer to one another, figure out whether they'll stay married, and fending off the unwanted attentions of a scummy creepo loser who is int
Evelyn Hornbarger
Sep 28, 2015 Evelyn Hornbarger rated it really liked it
I love that the book started off with such an unexpected kiss and marriage, and then we get to see the story unfold. The characters are very interesting, but what really drives this story is the plot. It is a re-imagined Cinderella story that I couldn't put down. There was a depth of insight into the consequences of domestic violence on a young woman and how that changed her perceptions of relationships. There was also redemption and a hope for happy endings despite cruel beginnings. Loved it!


Pleasantly surprised to say I LOVED THIS!! It's not a normal genre for me, I normally wouldn't give a history looking book a first glance, but my tides are turning and Crispin and Catherine made me fall. It was easy!!

I love strangers to more reads and even more so those strangers to spouse. I can’t begin to explain how I felt during the entire read. Given the time span of this book, I’m on a new path so I know that had a lot to do with it. The moment
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