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Smuggler's Kiss

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  402 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
The year is 1720. Isabelle, beautiful, wealthy and spoiled, should be at the threshold of a delightful adulthood. Instead her life has taken a turn so dark and dreadful, that she can’t see a way out.

But though Isabelle has fled, she is still trapped.

Prevented from taking a desperate way out and picked up by a crew of smugglers, Isabelle is quickly forced to re-evaluate ev
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 2013 by Oxford University Press (first published February 28th 2013)
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May 07, 2013 Raychel rated it it was amazing
This book...oh my goodness. A heroine, ships, smugglers, kick-arse smugglers...yup my kind of book. Thus there I was, all like...

Pleease don't disappoint me. It didn't.

This book doesn't waste any time getting started. It starts with Isabelle, so desperate to escape her past life, wading out into the sea, getting swept away and struggling for survival. Que smugglers.
She's faced with a choice, join the smugglers or be sent back...or worse, disposed of however they see fit. She chooses to stay. An
Jul 06, 2014 inga rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Only pick this up if you are below the age of 15 or have an interest in bland, colorless characters.
I have read two books (historical fiction) by this author, and both are about girls breaking away and free from convention, and out of their secluded and sheltered lives to pursue adventures and be free: and that's about the only positive thing I can come up with to lead into this review.
However, I am convinced that her books are not set in the real world, but rather in an 18th century located in some kind of parallel dimension, since their scenarios are just too unrealistic and unlikely to eve
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Aug 22, 2013 Rebecca- Books rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Review originally published here:

Marie-Louise Jensen has been a favourite historical author of mine for a few years after I was blown away by The Lady in the Tower and The Girl in the Mask. She's also lovely on Twitter (although that does not interrupt my opinion of this book). A friend of mine in the blogging world read this and told me I needed to read it. I find good historical fiction can be quite hard to come by now (I guess I'm more critical) but I
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies

I really loved Smuggler's Kiss by Marie-Louise Jensen. I haven't read the author's previous books as yet, but she comes very highly recommended from my blogging friends. Especially now that my mind has been changed about historical fiction, it gives me great pleasure reading books like Smuggler's Kiss. Especially as this book was very adventurous and exciting as well as romantic. I loved the bit of mystery that surrounds both main cha
Aug 03, 2013 Smithjamest rated it it was amazing
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Smuggler's Kiss by Marie-Louise Jensen was another masterpiece to add to her already amazing collection. Jensen has been an author that I have followed and collected since I found one of her books The Lady in the Tower in a bookshop. She has a conversational tone to her writing and I find it makes for a welcoming smooth read, books that I can pick up, sit with a cup of tea, and fall into, transported to whatever magical scene Jensen ha
Fleur Hitchcock
Mar 10, 2013 Fleur Hitchcock rated it it was amazing
Ok - I'm a sucker for romantic fiction but it can be so completely sugar sweet that it's a delight when you come across a book that sizzles with bite and energy. Smuggler's kiss is the story of pompous snob Isabelle, and her journey to self discovery - but her adventures are genuinely thrilling, and I finished this book at 2.30 am - because I had to find out what happened.
Now reading to my 11 year old daughter who is loving it.
Jan 30, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it
This book is just gorgeous. Smugglers, thrilling adventure on the high seas and a lovely slow-burn romance - Smuggler's Kiss had it all, and was beautifully written to boot. The author has a flowing style that places you right in the period and drops you into the scenes themselves. It's quite easy to be swept along with every crash of the waves, the rocking of the ship during a rainy night and the flurry of activity as The Invisible's crew scramble about deck. Cliché as it sounds, it's much like ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
If I am honest this is probably more of a 3.5 rather than a 4. But I have decided to give this a four based on sheer enjoyment. It sounds silly but I felt that I was on board a smuggler’s ship for half of this book and I really enjoyed being on the ship. It was just a really fun book that I really enjoyed reading but at the same time there was a very interesting plot, which made me laugh. Originally I didn't want to pick this book up because it is set in 1720 and I thought I would struggle getti ...more
Bryony Full-Time-Nerd
This book was good. I liked it. But I have had to cap it at three stars due to the trashiness of the cover. I'm not really one for chick-lit, and so if I hadn't read (and loved) The Lady in the Tower and The Girl in the Mask (both also by Marie-Louise Jensen)I wouldn't have touched this one with a long stick.

Isabelle is a rich girl who kicks off the storyline by trying to kill herself (happy stuff) but is saved by a group of smugglers. Though she starts off as an annoying, spoiled princess (much
Neptune Violin
Isabelle is an upper-class girl of 1720 Brittan. She has a typical life until one day, when the book begins, she attempts to drown herself. Isabelle is pulled out of the water and saved by a ship called the Invisible. She is told to be quiet until they leave the harbour. The men on board ask her who she is, so instinctively she lies. She tells them she is an orphan, with no family to miss her so that they will let Isabelle live with them.Isabelle is horrified that they make her change out of her ...more
Shaz Goodwin
Jul 20, 2013 Shaz Goodwin rated it really liked it
I don’t usually comment on covers in my reviews but the cover of Smuggler’s Kiss is sumptuous!

We begin with a very dramatic scene – Isabelle walking into the sea! Rescued by the crew of The Invisible, she gives nothing away about herself, not telling the truth about her background or what she’s running away from.

Having been used to being waited on, life onboard is rough and harsh. Barely scraping through on votes from the crew to keep her alive, she’s involved in a scene at Studland to scare off
Mar 27, 2013 Katelyn rated it liked it
Shelves: own, arc
I've got to hand it to Marie-Louise Jensen on this one. Not only was this a highly entertaining and fun read, but she had me guessing up until the very end. I was close to figuring some things out and piecing together others, but no matter how hard I tried to think about it, I was still surprised when she wrapped up the last revelation in the very end. I love that kind of read, don't you?

Isabelle and the rest of the crew on The Invisible were a great lot of characters. And one of things I enjoy
Mar 20, 2014 Alis rated it it was amazing
For a fan of historical fiction this book is a blissful read. With lovable characters and a wonderful plot Marie-Louise Jensen creates an incredible world. Even though her books are aimed at younger teenage readers I fully enjoy them. They give a light hearted break to my recent heavy reading themes.

Jensen creates lovable characters in Isabelle, Will and Jacob which may become some of my favourite characters to date. I truly would recommend this book for anyone who loves historical fiction as

Oct 21, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
A fun, cosy YA historical romance! I really enjoyed this story, even though it's aimed at younger readers than myself. Marie Louise Jensen writes beautifully and totally brings to life England in the early 18th century. I really liked the relationship between the two main characters, Isabelle and Will. Isabelle starts out as a very dislikeable, spoilt and self centred character but as the story and plot progresses she matures and finally becomes aware of the fact that she's not the only person o ...more
Jun 14, 2014 Noodles78 rated it really liked it
I picked this up, mainly because I'd just finished a book and I liked the idea of smugglers (especially as I'd just finished The Moor and I clear l am in a bit of a Du Maurier mood).

It's an easy and engaging read, I romped through it in an evening and it had all the key elements I like in a book, kept me occupied and before I knew it, it was waaaay past my bedtime and I only had a few pages to go.
May 18, 2014 Manda rated it liked it
I don't really remember much of Smuggler's kiss having finished it ages and not had the time to sit down and review it. It didn't really leave an impression on me neither did it leave me wanting to seek out more books by the same author. This is probably due to me not really enjoying historical fiction and also because my brain pictured pirates whenever the word Smugglers was mentioned. I would have preferred a pirate story filled with swash-buckling adventure. Still despite this I did enjoy it ...more
Apr 23, 2014 Aoi rated it liked it
Shelves: hf-england
A tough one to rate- I was absolutely giddy with excitement when the crew embarked on their smuggling adventures, and completely bored when the pace slowed down. While the author did explore life aboard a ship, she made 17th century smuggling look like a walk in the park-- Oh! We have the best ships, the dangers of a winter Channel crossing are nothing. And even if we do get caught by the guard, they can't hang us, just a few days in the goal and we'll carry on..

Isabelle feels accepted by the su
Clarissa Snow
Jan 24, 2015 Clarissa Snow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
I usually find it quite a daunting task to write a review on books that leave me feeling more than satisfied. The author happens to be one of my favourites and this novel certainly did not disappoint. Smugglers, ships & adventures... What's not to love? The romance was palpable and sweet-the kind one wishes for in their dreams. The scenes between Isabelle and Will left me smiling and laughing, from their initial dislike of each other to playful banters. I find it so much more refreshing than ...more
Kristine Maite Suarez
another good book from marie-louise jensen!i find myself addicted to reading her books.

to be honest, i was quite annoyed by isabelle, the heroine of the book.she's this rich arrogant spoiled brat one would surely hate.though sometimes, i find her fits of tantrums funny.but as the story progresses, you get to see the change in her ways and views as though she just realized there's more to the world she had been sheltered and grown up to.and thanks to the smugglers for that, and of course, will.i
Oct 01, 2013 Clare rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: History fans, YA, Mystery, Romance
This was a very good book, full of excitement, mystery, adventure and plot twists. It was highly enjoyable, although I did not enjoy it as much as I enjoyed "The Lady in the Tower" which is a really amazing book. I liked the historical details and Isabelle's character development was believable. Much as I should have disliked her for her snobbish views at the beginning, I actually found myself understanding her because the author showed clearly that her views were a result of her upbringing and ...more
Samantha Sparks
Jan 23, 2015 Samantha Sparks rated it really liked it
I loved this book, though the time jumps were a bit annoying.
Oct 03, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing
Really loved this book, it was exciting and a great adventure/romance book. It is just as amazing as Girl In The Tower and Between Two Seas. I definitely recommend reading it.
Isabelle is 15 years old and Will is grown up. This is the only thing that I didn't really like. I still gave it 5 stars because I know that this was normal in that time period. But personally I would have enjoyed the romance more if Isabelle was slightly older.
Oct 02, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it
This is very much The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle for teenagers.

That said, it was definitely its own different story. And while I liked it and enjoyed the read, I felt it wasn't quite as....intense as it could have been, I guess. The heroine must go through enormous changes in a few short pages, and while what she went through was awful, it wasn't quite as bad as what I had imagined for her the whole book.

Graded a B+
May 10, 2013 Vik rated it liked it
A thoroughly entertaining read.....a heroine, smugglers, ships and adventure, what more could you ask for?
Isabelle goes on a life-changing journey through the book. As well as excitement, danger and romance, she is also forced to change her preconceptions as she learns more about the lives of others and how different they are from her own. This book has a good mix of fun and adventure, but is also thought provoking.
Alexis Salcido
Jul 05, 2014 Alexis Salcido rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Ughhh. This girl WAS SO WHINY! Isabelle is a spoiled, whiny girl who gets smuggled onto a ship. Her love interest, Will, is rude to her at first and then you know what happens. blah blah.. I was bored with the story, the characters and I had no interest to keep reading.
May 03, 2014 Lux rated it really liked it
Marie-Louise Jensen! This lady can write.

I’m so fond of Isabelle and the crew of The Invisible. The scenes on the ship were so well written and researched, and the opening chapter wasn’t at all what I expected. I just loved this.
Jul 24, 2013 Ella rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, I was completely gripped. One of the best things was how the charters grew, and the changing way in which Isabel, the main character who finds herself abroad a ship of Smugglers, reacts to things.
I hope there is a sequel soon!
Aug 28, 2015 Hayley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite historical fiction books of all time. Marie-Louise Jensen's writing brought the book alive, with the dialogue and the vivid descriptions. Would recommend to everyone!
I love this book. I liked the characters. The story flowed well, and good descriptions. It has been a while since I read a good YA, I hope to find more books like this one.
A fun quick read with a well paced plot and good story telling. The characters are well formed and their development over the course of the book was enjoyable.
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Born Marie-Louise Chalcraft in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire on September 22nd 1964.

I attended a string of state schools, including Chiltern Edge in Oxfordshire. Once my family moved down to Bath in 1979, I attended Fitzmaurice and St Laurence schools in Bradford on Avon. Throughout my primary school years I was constantly told off for reading secretly and writing long stories instead of completi
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