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An Affair with Mr. Kennedy (The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  378 ratings  ·  103 reviews
London, 1887. Part stoic gentleman, part fearless Scotland Yard man, Zeno "Zak" Kennedy is an enigma of the first order. For years, the memory of a deadly bombing at King's Cross has haunted the brilliant Scotland Yard detective. His investigation has zeroed in on a ring of aristocratic rebels whose bloody campaign for Irish revolution is terrorizing the city. When he disc...more
Mass Market Paperback, 392 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Pocket Books
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Jill

Cassandra St Cloud, Lady Rosslyn, widow of two years, artist and teacher, is now ready to come out from mourning and establish her independence. Letting a town house in Belgravia, her landlord and neighbour is Detective Inspector Zeno (Zak) Augustus Kennedy. Zak is one of Scotland Yard's finest. His particular division, the Special Irish Branch, deals with anarchists especially the Fenians whose use of violence to bring about an independent Irish Republic has caught the attention of the British...more
Mimi Smith
4.5 stars

Ten Things I Love About This Book

1.Cassie
Cassandra St. Claire is such a refreshing heroine! She's intriguing and...different. Cassie's a painter(of, ahem, erotic pictures), and a stanch supporter of the suffrage movement. In other words she's highly unconventional and progressive. She smokes, has a tattoo, rides a bicycle,... She's also very passionate and open in a relationship, after her first, not so happy marriage. As I said, refreshing! A smidgen difficult to believe, but hey,...more
Lisa
Wow, this book is so unique and fascinating! First, our hero is not a duke, earl, etc...he is the son of one but he is not going to inherit and it is always nice to read a change of pace from that scenario. Same for our heroine, Cassie St. Cloud. She gained the Lady title by marriage but her husband is deceased and she prefers to be called Cassie. She is the daughter of two prominent doctors in society and her mother is a strong advocate for women's suffrage which brings up another key factor in...more
Helen
Well, I believe I have finally found a Romance novel I liked. Of course, the fact that it's half Mystery might have something to do with it.

I think author balanced both subplots very well. She also did her research. It's not just the facts; the language fits the setting as well. Never have I read a Historical Romance before that painted the actual atmosphere rather than just dressed characters in period costumes and placed them on the appropriate stage. At least, that's what I felt.

I have encoun...more
Dabney
I realized I wasn’t enjoying this Victorian romance when, for the tenth night in a row, I avoided the book. I turned on my Kindle and, instead of opening the aptly named “Review These Books Now!” collection in which this book was stored; I yet again clicked on my “Ballin’ Bodice Rippers” list and happily re-read bits and pieces of other historicals I love. I found An Affair with Mr. Kennedy a chore to read.

The novel takes place in London in 1887, the year of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Our...more
Elizabeth (Liz)
3 stars

- My Thoughts -

First, what I wasn't so pleased with. In my opinion, there was too much focus on the suspense, and not nearly enough on the relationship and the characters as people rather than a means to move the plot forward.

However, while the storytelling was somewhat lacking and a bit incomplete, and I felt the characters were not truly fully fleshed out, the writing itself was very good. There is a difference. I adored the time period--1887 London--and some of the references made. Fo...more
Sobia

So I wanted to write a review for this, but I'll be honest and say I'm not entierly sure how I managed to finish it, or why i never put it down...It's not that it was bad, it's just the writing style was hard to get used to. If you're considering giving this a shot, can i strongly suggest reading an excerpt or two?

The characters were numerous. At one point I think i confused two characters, one a not so bad guy and a bad guy, it made for some irritating reading!

The main H and h, were okay, but t...more
E.
“An Affair with Mr. Kennedy” by Jillian Stone is the sensual debut novel in her series ‘The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard’. This offering is from a talented author who presents an engaging story about a Scotland Yard inspector, Zeno Augustus Kennedy (Zak), who is doggedly following leads to discover the perpetrators of a plot to use dynamite and other explosives to achieve an attack upon the government. A serendipitous leasing of his property to an attractive widow named Cassandra St. Cloud (Cassie...more
Cynthia (aka Artemis)

Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance

I love this story - plain and simple. Mischief, mayhem, explosions, sex!

I adore the cover. Who is this guy - he is gorgeous! And where can I get one?

deep breath That being said. I wasn't sure I was going to like this book: New author, a storyline I wasn't sure about, a hero that was more beta than alpha, and I don't really care for artsy/fartsy characters. Boy was I wrong - I was caught hook, line and sinker in no time.

I especially enjoy when an author use...more
Sonia
Con unos protagonistas que se salen de lo que conozco (y me aburren) en histórica, esta novela me ha resultado divertida, ágil y muy simpática. Las conversaciones entre los protagonistas están llenas de humor e insinuaciones, principalmente porque ella es todo un personaje fuera de lo habitual, viuda sin problemas con el sexo, independiente y moderna, ni la shrinking violet in la lazada que confunde feminismo con encarar el peligro la primera sin tener en cuenta el más mínimo sentido común que p...more
Kristen Koster
Jan 21, 2012 Kristen Koster rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Victorian Romance readers or anyone who likes historical romance with a dose of police procedural!
I was fortunate enough to read an ARC of this book. I WILL be reading it again after its release on Jan 31! I loved it that much!

The main characters are rich and wonderfully drawn and combine with the external plot for a compelling read. The secondary characters also come alive on the page and are expertly woven into the plot. The historical details are handled with a deft hand to provide a rich tapestry of world building without making you feel like you're sitting through a history lesson. I da...more
Sydney Sterling
I loved it! I don't generally read historicals, but I'm glad I took the time for this book. My mother and my niece fought over who got to read it next.
Mandi Schreiner
Set in the late 1800’s, Zeno Kennedy is a well known detective with the Scotland Yard. Having lost a mistress to a bombing years ago, Zeno has set his mind to keeping London safe. But he knows there are a group of men, “The Bloody Four” he calls them, that want to harm his city. These four are wealthy men who are for an Irish revolution, and will murder, conspire and threaten those that get in their way. Zeno is on their trail however, and won’t back down.

Meanwhile, Zeno has a new tenant in the...more
Anna-Lisa
So this was an absolutely delightful read! I totally enjoyed the whole Scotland Yard story but even more I enjoyed the wonderful love story between Cassie and Zak. Cassie was such a wonderful, independent character. I loved that she a modern young woman doing what she wants and when she wants! Zak was also a great hero, I liked his kind of being romantic. :) The two of them together were pretty hot and intense.
This was a great start and I am looking forward for the next book!!


*** german review...more
Kara-karina
3.5/5
A historical romance that is definitely different. Well researched, beautifully, even meticulously crafted, sensual, authentic, believable.

Jillian Stone's debut historical novel grabbed my attention as soon as I first heard about it. The cover is gorgeous, the topic combines Irish terrorists and impressionist painters. No wonder I succumbed.

Both Cassie and Zeno are people of the new era and quite a striking couple. Zeno is an educated, refined gentleman who works as a detective in a specia...more
Susan
Feb 05, 2013 Susan added it
Shelves: 2013, did-not-finish
Too many 'in-the-gutter' things going on here for me. The heroine's mother asks her daughter if her deceased ever gave her an orgasm, the doctor they visit together relieves women of their anxiety by a vibrator, the hero has lusty thoughts about an seventeen/eighteen year old prostitute, and when he meets up with his old flame (heroine) he talks potty to her.

All this in the first 19 pages of the book.

No way, Jose! Not for me.
Dawn
Finally a romance novel where the heroine is described as eccentric it is a valid description. For her family as well. The setting was interesting as the story is set during the beginning of the industrial age in Victorian London. The hero is not of traditional peerage managing an estate or the new wealthy businessman. The story demonstrates how he is singularly focused on his role at Scotland Yard combating criminals. The romance did not follow the same old boring trope which is a blessing. I d...more
Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars. Unfortunately, real life messed with me this week and it affected my reading of this. I think if I had been able to read it over a shorter period of time(it took a week to read this) I would have enjoyed it more. I may go back and read it again at a later date and I'll definitely be reading the next in the series cause the men of Scotland Yard have lots of hot potential ;)
Shauna
An enjoyable romance novel, although I'm not sure what subgenre it is. Alternate history? Not different enough from real history. Fantasy? Again, not different enough from real history. Steampunk? Not enough machines.
Larisa
After 98 pages & skipping to the final chapter, I just couldn't get into this book. Sadly the cover and the excerpt were more appealing.
Solid writing, clear descriptions and era definitions , just not suiting my mood.
Margaret
This book was a big disappointment! I was expecting a bit more suspense and a better historical insight into the Irish independence movement.

In the beginning, the plot seemed promising. Zeno Kennedy is a Scotland Yard detective who is investigating the recent bombings in London which are connected to an Irish revolutionary movement. He suspects a group of aristocrats are the ring leaders, among them, the brother in law of Zeno´s new tenant, Cassandra St. Cloud. He decides to get close to her to...more
Tracy
I have wanted to read this book for a very long time, but the price was a bit steep for an unknown author (at least unknown to me). So I put it on my wish list and waited for the price to drop. I am glad it did - otherwise I may never have read the book.

I really liked Ms. Stone's writing style. I thought the story flowed nicely, the plot was interesting and fast moving. There was a lot of action - both in and out of the bedroom. And amid all this action is a truly sweet romance.

Zak and Cassie...more
Marsha
Apr 21, 2012 Marsha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adult
(3.5 stars) I truly loved "The Seduction of Phaeton Black" so I thought I would give "An Affair with Mr Kennedy" a try. While I liked story, I did not love it as much as Phaeton.

Zeno Kennedy is a top notch inspector with Scotland Yard. He is part of a special unit that is investigating recent bombings in London terrorizing its'residents attributed to four devious men supporting the Irish revolution. These men are noblemen and are suspected of gaining supporrors through bribery, blackmail and int...more
Anna

Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood

An Affair with Mister Kennedy surprised me quite pleasantly!I don't know why it surprised me so much, since so many reviewers have already stated that it was a really good book, but it did. Probably, because although I was prepared for a really good book, I wasn't prepared for how fresh, how well written and how unique it really was!

Jillian Stone's debut novel simply rocks. Her voice is fresh and strong and believe me, we will see great things from her...more
Karen
First of a new series, from the same author who wrote THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK. Zak is considerably toned down from Phaeton (actually, it was interesting to mentally compare and contrast the two, as I was reading), but this book was still PLENTY steamy. Cassie is an independent female, but not recklessly stupid about it (as so often befalls the heroine in an action/suspense title with a strong male lead)-- in fact, part of the ratcheting tension of this was figuring out how the lurking bad...more
Jeana
Dec 23, 2013 Jeana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Romance, Victorian Romance, Strong Women
Mini-Review initially posted at JeanaDawn.com on December 27, 2012.

Detective Zeno Kennedy intends to form a connection with his new tenant in order to gain access to certain gentlemen that he is investigating. He doesn’t expect the instant, almost uncontrollable, attraction to the lady. Cassie St. Cloud is not the traditional Victorian lady. She was raised believing in women’s rights, she paints erotic art, she smokes cheroots, and wears pantaloons while riding a bicycle. Shedding her mourning,...more
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เรื่องนี้เป็นเล่มแรกในชุด The Gentleman of Scotland Yard เท่าที่รู้ตอนนี้น่าจะมีสามเล่มนะคะ แต่ก็คงขึ้นอยู่กับความฮิตด้วยแหละ เพราะพล็อตเรื่องค่อนข้างเปิดกว้าง จะเขียนต่อไปคาแร็คเตอร์อื่น ๆ ในเรื่องก็ไม่น่าจะมีปัญหา

เรื่องราวโฟกัสไปที่บรรดานักสืบแห่งสำนักงานตำรวจสก๊อตแลนด์ยาร์ด ในช่วงปี 1880s ที่ประเทศอังกฤษกำลังอยู่ระหว่างสังคมยุคเก่า และการก้าวสู่อยู่ทันสมัย ในยามที่วิทยาศาสตร์ก้าวหน้าไปไกล และทำให้มนุษย์สามารถก้าวข้ามขีดจำกัดเดิมที่เคยมีอยู่ได้

นักสืบซีโน เคนนาดี้เป็นหนึ่งในตำรวจที่มีชื่อเสีย...more
Maria
I’m a little torn about how I want to rate this book. It was a fun read in the historical romance genre, and more engaging that what I’ve been encountering lately. I would definitely recommend this for summer reading or for passing the time. But the story also has some problems that I can’t seem to set aside.

The plot is fairly standard: A government agent wants to foil a terrorist plot, and it just so happens that the widowed sister-in-law of a potential suspect is looking for a flat to rent. Th...more
Jeanne
Londres, fin du XIXème siècle. Alors que le Parlement britannique se divise sur la question de l'autonomie irlandaise, le gouvernement craint la frange radicale et terroriste des indépendantistes, à l'origine de précédents attentats à la bombe. Zeno Kennedy, dont je ne sais pas comment traduire le titre de Detective Inspector (si vous êtes familière des séries policières anglaises, vous avez dû déjà entendre le terme "DI"), est chargé de l'enquête. Cependant, la jeune veuve Cassandra St. Cloud,...more
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Jillian Stone was born a storyteller. A skill that got her into considerable trouble as a youth until she solved the problem by becoming an advertising creative. And the career did seem to suit her as she won many national ad awards including the Clio and the New York Art Director’s Club Gold. What more could she ask for? Create her own worlds? Become goddess of her own universe? Yes! So, she bega...more
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