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This Perfect Kiss

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  137 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews

“Melody Thomas is an author to watch! [She] kept me glued to the pages!”
 —Karen Hawkins

Melody Thomas brings breathtaking new life to a classic fairy tale in This Perfect Kiss. A poignant, passion-filled Cinderella story unfolding in the Highlands of Scotland, Thomas’s Kiss tells the heart-soaring tale of a haunted “Prince Charming” reunited with the mysterious woman who en

Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published (first published June 28th 2011)
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I absolutely loved this book. It was like the older books with an awesome story that keeps you guessing, but not really a mystery. Sucked me in from the very beginning and stayed up until I finished it at one a.m. I'm pretty picky and love all of the older authors that write such wonderful angsty, fully developed character stories.
I can't believe I was going to give this book away, so glad I didn't, it will be on my keeper shelf!
On the night of a masquerade ball, Christel goes in her cousins place so that she can try to get a moment alone with the dashing Camden St. Giles. She succeeds in keeping Camden in the dark as to her true identity and the two share a smoldering kiss that leaves a lasting impression on both of them. It is now nine years later and Camden is returning home to his castle in Scotland with his young daughter to deal with business and also confront his painful memories that reside there. As he is prepa ...more
Mar 01, 2012 Mary23nm rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Great first chapter and then all downhill. Very poorly written. Little snippets of information back and forth and all over the place. Kept me saying WTF??? The chapters toward the end were better and the ending was nice (but a little quick).
Sandy M
Jun 30, 2011 Sandy M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I’ve read only one Melody Thomas book a number of years ago, and I remember really enjoying it. I’m not sure after all this time what type of review grade I would have given it at the time (I wasn’t reviewing books then, I don’t think), but my feeling now is it would have been a pretty good grade. So I’m kind of surprised this latest book by her didn’t grab me and haul me into the story like I imagined it would.

This is a good book, but it’s not one that bowled me over. I like the characters well
Katie Michaels
At the tender age of 17, Christel knew that Lord Camden was the man of her dreams. He didn't even know she existed, until she approached him in the gardens outside a masquerade ball. In the dark, they shared kisses and touches and the promise of a dance. Until Christel's cruel half-sister crushed her dream, with news that Camden would be marrying their beloved cousin.

Nine years later, Christel and Camden cross paths again. She has spent those years living in the colonies. Now, Camden is a widowe
The only thing that kept this from being marked a favourite is that I missed MT's trademark witty banter between the H/h (although there was a line here and there). However, I could understand with this storyline where that quite wouldn't have fit. I so love when she writes a heroine that is tough and independent without losing their femininity and (to borrow from an old song) will "stand by her man" rather than push him away (especially when the hero has done nothing to deserve it). And the her ...more
Aug 24, 2011 Luvmyfamily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was so good it left me wanting more.
May 05, 2011 Stella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thankfully when I picked up This Perfect Kiss it was in ebook format so the cover did not scare me away...

This novel starts off with a scene straight from Cinderella: young and rather poor Christel having borrowed (*cough* filched *cough*) her cousin’s golden sparkling ball gown sneaked into the summer masquerade party held by the family of the seventh earl of Carrick. Christel has been having a longtime crush on Camden, the eldest son, who is a young twenty-something dashing dark hero out of t
Book Binge
Jul 29, 2011 Book Binge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
This being the first book that I’ve ever read by Melody Thomas, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The beginning of the book had me wondering if I would even enjoy the book since I’m not that big of a fan of the whole love while at sea romances (it’s why I still haven’t read Jeremy Mallory’s story, I just can’t bring myself to read another love story set on the high seas, I blame Johanna Lindsey’s A Captain’s Love) and this story starts off on a ship. The hero is the captain of the ship and the heroi ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
It was the moment she had been dreaming of: a stolen kiss at a masquerade ball with the dashing Camden St. Giles. He may not have known who she was, but Christel would never forget . . .

Nine years have passed since that magical evening. Now Camden, the seventh earl of Carrick, is widowed with a young daughter, a man with a heart in need of healing. And Christel has just stolen onboard his ship bound for Scotland. Neither has forgotten the kiss that had set their hearts ablaze. The longer she
Jan 04, 2014 Becca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost did not finish this one. I enjoyed the first chapter and then I hated the rest of the book's beginning chapters--it was dark, dreary, and no fun to read. While it got better 60% of the way in, the book still had a strong gothic flair that I rarely enjoy so it may not be the book's fault. The writing was good and the plot was more complex, which is rare in a romance novel. However, because of the novel's structural complexity, I felt like the romance between the main characters suffered. ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At Heart website.


THIS PERFECT KISS was such a tenderhearted story that it gave me pleasure from start to finish.

Christel Douglas is seventeen, and she knows that the only man for her is Camden St. Giles, captain in the Royal Navy and a future earl of Carrick. She is also aware that he hardly knows who she is and that they would never be together. This young woman has no illusions of `grand love' when it comes to Camden, bu
Sarah M
Feb 22, 2017 Sarah M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75! Enjoyable and I liked the mystery aspect to the story.
Apr 12, 2011 Daisy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
As you guys probably already know, I read a fair amount of historical romance. And I always appreciate when the main characters have a history other than: 'ooh, I saw you from across the ballroom 5 seconds ago'. I mean, sure, I love me some love at first sight (though it's usually more like lust at first sight, but still), but I appreciate it when there's already some history there.
Another thing I also appreciate: the book spanning more than 3 days. Really, you can't fall in love in 3 days. You
May 11, 2013 Ada rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't a terrible read but I didn't really think it was all that great of a read either. There were a lot of interesting parts and some I find extremely dull.

I enjoyed Christel and Camden but I found when it branched out to include members of their family like his brother Leighton and her half-sister Tianna, the story started to drag. Not to mention that the entire episodes featuring Sir Jacob were quite disjointed in the grand scheme of things. It felt like a hodge-podge of episodes instea
Dec 30, 2015 Missy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet read.

This was a first read by this author, which I really enjoyed. It had an interesting plot, intrique, amazing characters, and of course romance!

I liked the brave and gutsy Christel, she has survived a lot and is still able to live, not perfectly as she is flawed but she tries and wants the truth even if it hurts.

Camden is her flawed prince charming that married another and suffered pain and heartbreak also. He is more afraid to open his heart than Christel but love will find a way. He
Jul 11, 2012 Belinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Camden St. Giles, heir of the Carrick dynasty in Scotland, meets an unknown lady at a masquerade ball. The unknown lady asks for a kiss and he obliges. They both feel a instant connection, but Camden tells her that he's to marry and forget about him. Even though Camden doesn't know who he kissed, the lady will never forget because she is the sister of his fiancee'. You have to read this book! I loved all the characters and description of Scotland. The author makes you feel so intuned with everyt ...more
Mar 15, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why did I wait so long to read this? A strong story of a woman with courage who makes her own way and a man who has lost his way in the world, but is starting to discover what he is destined to do. Camden was reviled by the Admiralry, in fact all of England, while Christel was a colonial spy during the war. After 9 years apart they find their way back to each other. The secondary characters were integral to the story, not just throw-ins and it was a really good book.
The first Thomas book I've read, it was o.k., I've read much better, more enthralling historicals. I had it in HC from the Rhapsody Book Club and I'm trying to read through all the HCs I've accumulated through the years, otherwise I may not have ever read anything by this author. It wasn't an overwhelmingly 'wow' introduction to her. Time will tell if I read anything else down the road.
Jan 20, 2013 SY rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book more but it was just ok. Not really exciting but that could be my fault as i'm not a fan of insta-love or that it took the Hero a bit to long to come around. it was ho hum.
Feb 16, 2016 CR rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final 100 pages introduced too much and the HEA was too rush. Also, I was left not knowing much about the relationship between Camden and Saundra. Why, if he was "in love" with her things didn't worked between them?
Jul 25, 2013 Luz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Melody Thomas book I've read. & I must say its definitely one of my top favorite books! Highly recommend it!!!! :)
Jun 21, 2015 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book and I hope melody Thomas will write the next book about her sister. I don't want to spoil anything but is a good book.
Oct 17, 2014 Kat rated it really liked it
Her books are usually 5 stars to me, but this one just seemed a bit anticlimatic at the end. But still very enjoyable.
Feb 28, 2012 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rated 3.5

Wish Camden would have treated Christel with a little more respect and realized his love for her sooner. Otherwise, a fairly good read.
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Apr 12, 2011 Tracy's Place rated it really liked it
4.25 out of 5
Aug 07, 2011 Shelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars. I was pretty bored reading this one. No connection to the characters.
4.5/5. Brilliantly written with real imperfect characters.
The book went to a different direction that I oringally thought
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Years after receiving my Criminal Justice degree from the University of Oklahoma , I discovered the
historical romance genre. True legends like M.M Kaye, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Judith McNaught, and
Penelope Williamson, sparked my love for writing and convinced me I wanted only to do one thing in
my life and that was to create great stories alive with grit and passion.

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