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A View to a Kiss (The Bow St. Agents: Spies in Love #1)

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Mystifying kisses . . .

It was a most coveted invitation—a glittering ball attended by all the important people of the ton. But Mariah, a ravishing beauty thought by all to be the catch of the season, never expected to find true love amid the shadows. The mysterious man she meets there ignites a passion within her she never thought possible. When he starts a clandestine mid
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ebook, 384 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 21st 2009)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Jun 14, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
I waffled back and forth on Caroline Linden's newest read, "A View to a Kiss". She writes with flow and emotion and her characters become people I want to know. However, I really dislike amazing coincidences that solve problems and this novel had that at the very end.

Mariah is the daughter of an Earl--an Earl who is very highly placed in political circles. After spending several years with her parents on the continent, doing business for the government, they have finally returned to London and M
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Amy
Jan 28, 2009 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
I usually like Caroline Linden's books - and this one was ok - but a couple of things bothered me about this book.
First, the leading lady, Mariah, is a very flat character. She is the ravishing daughter of an earl and she has lived abroad so she finds all of the English gentlemen boring...and that's it. No hobbies. No intellectual interests. She shows a fleeting interest in charity work - she's horrified at the description of the treatment of a dockside whore - but this interest quickly falls to
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Joy
Nov 12, 2010 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hero is some Home Office/internal secret agent thingy, like most Regency heroes, SURPRISE! and falls for the daughter of one of the noblemen his is supposed to be guarding/investigating. He courts her entirely by midnight visits to her bedroom (I know, right? Apparently the ivy growing on these walls is like Rapunzel's hair to these guys). But the key to writing romance is not so much originality as execution, and Linden delivers likable characters and an interesting story despite the heavy use ...more
Kit
Sep 05, 2010 Kit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 I was in the mood for a sweet, light romantic fairy tale type story and this fit the bill.
Virginia
Ah, nothing like a fluffy romance novel with a smattering of spies. A quick and fun read.
Cath
This was a flat story. Not much depth to the H/h. Very tame too.
Angie
Mar 08, 2017 Angie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't feel this one. I have read Ms. Linden books before
Kristin
Jul 18, 2011 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Kristin by: www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com
On behalf of the Smart Bitches, I feel I must clarify an earlier note. I falsely recalled that this was a book that they recommended on their website, but upon further research, I realized that I got this recommendation from one of the trending/popular book lists from their site. So I must blame popularity (or most likely its discounted price at the time) for this monumental waste of my time. There were so many things wrong with this book that instead of concentrating on what was awful about it, ...more
Lillie
Sep 16, 2015 Lillie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tbh i was looking for a light, fluffy, no mess type of romance and that's exactly what I got. It wasn't overly complex despite the spy element and the romance was quick and sweet. It was exactly the simple romance i needed and wanted at the moment.

Unfortunately, a few things prevented me from rating it higher.

First off there was the annoying switch of POV from the hero to the heroine. It wasn't that it switched it was that it did so without warning and often without even a paragraph break. The c
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Cruth
Author: Caroline Linden
First published: 2009
Length: 367 pages, 4889 locations
Setting: London, 1820 (year after "Massacre at Manchester).
Sex: Not frequent. Naughty, not erotica.
Hero: Son of a theatre owner/actor. Spy.
Heroine: 22yo only daughter of Earl of Doncaster.

This had been a DNF for no particular reason but Shiny!. 18 months later and the first 25% was deja vu.

Even with that, I was mostly enjoying it. It's an interesting story of class and politics.

But it's v e r y s l o w.

Especially for a
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Ally
Jul 17, 2015 Ally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's ok, I wanted more, but I will take ok

Either I am in my hard to please Regency phase and need to move on to something else for awhile or I am simply choosing the wrong kind of books. Not to say this one was a "bad book". In no way would I consider it bad.

A View to a Kiss :
- Was fun
- Had an almost awesome heroine and hero
- Had a little adventure
- Included the requisite hanky and panky which was well written
- Was not unpleasant BUT the spy business got a little tedious at the end as if i
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Greselley
Jan 03, 2015 Greselley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not what I originally plan to read, just stumbled over it while I was looking for a copy of What a Gentleman Wants. My interest and curiosity was captured the moment I read the synopsis. It seems magical and mysterious so I decided to read it and I'm more than glad I did. It was so dark, mysterious and captivating. And I enjoyed the plot a lot , revolving around that suspected treason, I especially like the characters he was masquerading. And the prologue was rich, very nicely presented ...more
Sarah
Aug 30, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, reviewed
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Wench
Okay. Caroline Linden can write some smut that is hotter than hell. I'm still fanning myself over "One Night in London".

However. This is not her greatest book. It's pretty good! But I saw the twist coming super-annoyingly early. Both twists. And then the latter half dragged. And Our Heroine was a little inconsistent and innocent and not really quite a match for Our Hero. And doesn't do anything but lust after him, giggle with her cousin (LOVED the cousin) and be bored by other men at balls. She
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Rachel Maloney
I'm not sure if I liked this so much just because I expected so little -- what with the $.99 kindle price and the bland, generic cover art -- but regardless I couldn't put this one down. The writing immediately stood out, the characters were smart and likable, and it leaned towards action/intrigue rather than melodrama (unusual for a historical romance). The romance itself was actually romantic -- more Shakespeare than HQ Blaze. The one caveat I had was the ending; it was satisfying but a little ...more
Rosa
Jan 10, 2011 Rosa rated it really liked it
I hate to admit, but this was my first Romance book and I liked it. Never was into fiction, then "The girl with a dragon tattoo" came along. Never read Romance Fiction (not that there's Romance Non-Fiction) and I actually enjoyed it.

Set in England in the 1800s, I found it extremely delightful learning of how people used to court. Or at least those who had money. I'm sure chamber maids and footmen just ran off with whomever they wanted, but marriage back then isn't what marriage is today. No roma
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Ada
Sep 25, 2012 Ada rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book I've read by Caroline Linden - the first in the Bow Street Agents: Spies in Love series.

The book features our hero, Harry Sinclair, a man adept at masquerading in different roles. He believes he's protecting some of London's heavy hitters in politics but later comes to find all isn't as it seems. Our heroine is Lady Mariah Dunmore, only daughter of one of the men Harry is protecting.

Pretty decent storyline. I wasn't blown away by it but I wasn't put off by it either. I'm definitel
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Sara
The hero is the master of disguises , the heroine, a daughter of an earl. He makes puppy eyes at her at balls while in said disguises, wishing to have her. But she is too good for him! He is just a lowly spy! So of course he climbs into her window one night and starts an affair! Duh. No one can see them, so it's a secret! His mighty wang fits perfect with her magic hoo-hoo and love blossoms. He is a spy! He loves her! She is nobility and loves him also until she finds out he is a spy. He is a li ...more
Khanh (the meanie)
Unrealistic and unbelievable. Hero meets heroine repeatedly outside her window at night, which is so completely out of propriety for that time. I couldn't see why they fell for each other so quickly and so hard, the writing didn't reflect that. I just got a sense of attractive and smart heroine falls for mysteriously attractive hero and that's it. No sparks whatsoever. Not even a tingle in my toes.
heidi
Aug 24, 2011 heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Definitely a costume-historical, in which no-one's attitudes are at all believably historical.

The main plotline is Harry, our hero, a a spy for the government, and his work to protect the family of this girl he has a crush on. It's rather as if the Scarlet Pimpernel was thinking with his inexpressibles.

It was enjoyable enough to finish, and I might read others by the same author, but it is not going on my buy-on-sight list.
Nicky
Jun 30, 2013 Nicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty interesting book. However, it was completely predictable, with everything resolving itself so obviously. But, it was nice to be proven correct. The ending was a bit cheesy and too convenient, but it really couldn't have ended any other way. The identity of the traitor was obvious too, but there was a moment of action surrounding the reveal that wasn't expected. So that was good.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this. I'm anxious to start the next story in the series.
penelopewanders
Didn't take this with me when I went away for a few days, so this took longer than usual. I had a bit of trouble getting into it. On the one hand, I appreciated that the hero was not ostensibly nobility, on the other I found the credibility was a bit strained. Big love at first sight... Not sure why I thought this one was a stand alone. I've greatly appreciated Linden's books in the past, this one didn't quite do it for me.
Canda

Can't help it--I love it! And it wasn't even that steamy... Harry has fallen in love above his station in life, And he's a spy, And he's a mystery man climbing the ivy, sneaking in the bedroom of this virtuous lady...to discuss politics... Pretty good for a $.99 read on my kindle; I have added more Caroline Linden to my kindle.
Shh I'm reading!
Like other reviewers, I dislike the pat HEA that Mariah and Harry had towards the end. However, I loved the journey to get there. Harry, a commoner and spy, is watching the Earl of Duncaster, when he falls in love with Mariah, his daughter. Harry was a modern man for his time, with no ideas about equality and valuing our fellow man. I really enjoy it when that happens.
Foggygirl
Sep 13, 2014 Foggygirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the better romance novels that I have read in a long time. Refreshingly free of the over the top mellow drama and angst that plagues most historical romances instead there is a steamy sexual tension between the two main characters that grabs your attention and doesn't let go till the end. Add in a mysterious hero and adventurous heroine and it makes for a fun read.
Angela
18 March 2015: $0.99 on Kindle
Nanette
Jan 10, 2013 Nanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-kindle
Really liked most of the book. Needed more depth to make it really wonderful but loved the characters, the concepts, etc. it was absurd to think he could get away with pretending to be geriatric roué but was great fun as a plot device.
Dottie Legatos
Jun 20, 2011 Dottie Legatos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
My first book by this author, and I absolutely loved it!! Can't wait to get the next two in the series.
Sarah
Harry, a spy, pursues Mariah from afar. The story was not written badly, but Mariah might be one of the blandest heroines I've ever read. The manufactured miracle ending smarted a bit.
Vanessa
trashy romance. probably free on kindle.
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Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard University and worked as a programmer in the financial services industry before realizing writing fiction is much more exciting than writing code. Her books have won the NEC-RWA Readers' Choice Award, the JNRW Golden Leaf, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA's RITA Award, and have been translated into ...more
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