After the Kiss (Notorious Gentlemen, #1)
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After the Kiss (Notorious Gentlemen #1)

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A Notorious Gentleman . . .

Sullivan Waring wants only two things: his rightful inheritance, and revenge against the man who stole it from him. By day, Sullivan is the most respected horse breeder in England; by night, he plunders the "ton"'s most opulent homes to reclaim his late mother's beautiful paintings. His quest is going swimmingly . . . until the night he's discove...more
Mass Market Paperback, 357 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Avon (first published January 1st 2008)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
What a delightful Regency historical Suzanne Enoch has provided with "After the Kiss". This is the first story in her new trilogy 'The Notorious Gentlemen' which, according to her blog, will tell the tales of three friends who somehow end up on the wrong side of the law after returning from the Peninsula War (1808-1814). First up is Sullivan Waring, the 'natural child' of a peer, yet unacknowledged.

Sullivan is a successful horse breeder/trainer and has only turned to theivery to recover his moth...more
ChloeLeeNH
Aug 20, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
I think I probably wanted to give this a 3 1/2 but I gave it a 4. I thought the story was different... that was a plus... a non-titled bastard who would never be recognized by his Marquis father and the heroine was a titled daughter. He was a horse breader and she blackmails him in to training an unbroken horse for her for her silence in some burglaries that she knows he has committed. It moves fast, but for some reason I wasn't feeling the love. They fell in love but really all the had was this...more
Katyana
I honestly don't know why I finished this book. Though in my defense, I pretty much only skimmed from the halfway point onward. I think it was morbid curiosity - I had to know if it was really going to be as lamely predictable as it seemed.

And it was.

I knew it wasn't my kind of book from the first POV chapter of the heroine. A 19 year old who had the inner narrative of a 15 year old cast member of High School Musical. At least once per page, she either said or thought some variation of "he/you...more
Juliana
(3.5-4 stars) I reread this book and unfortunately did not like it as much as I remembered - had to take my rating down from 5 stars to 4. Someone wrote recently in their own review that they found Isabel to be quite spoiled, haughty, and snobbish for too much of the book and I have to completely agree on that one (really hated how much she ordered him around)! I was a little shocked by how turned off I was this time around, considering I apparently liked the book so much the first time. Sulliv...more
Christa
In this book, Suzanne Enoch strung together several plot lines, none of which I usually enjoy, and she somehow turned them into a story that really worked for me. I have enjoyed most of the dozen or so historical romances that I have read by Enoch, but this one is now one of my top two or three favorites by her.

Sullivan Waring, an illegitimate horse breeder who has never been acknowledged by his father, comes home from war to find that his inheritance has been stolen. All that Sullivan expected...more
ATron
I really enjoyed it. I liked Sullivan and I thought it was great the way Ms. Enoch integrated his love of horses and their training into the book. Personally, Sully's gentle, respectful nature with the horses made me adore him all the more. I did kinda feel like we went from 3-4 stolen, hawt kisses to "meet me in the stables at midnight" pretty quickly, though I was ready for them to get there... All I can say, is that I'm notorious for being an "easy" 4-star review because my "favorite" book is...more
Rane
I was really looking forward to this book sadly it kinda fell short for me. I can't really put my finger on why? I guess it all came down to the interaction between Sullivan and Isabel just didn't hold it for me and at times it almost seemed forced.
I realy did adore Bram as he was such a scene stealer!
J. Leigh Hunter
Story and Writing Style
Ohmygod, I don’t know what it was about this story but I was addicted from Page 1. Perhaps it’s the haughty blueblood princess-type who falls in love with someone lower than her station that had me all hot and bothered. Maybe it was the fact that the hero was a horse breeder who appealed to my more wild love of cowboys. I dunno. But the story was hot. And the fact that she knows it was him—the Mayfair Marauder—stealing from her home in the middle of the night, and so she b...more
Gail
The hero is a bastard son/war hero who returned from the war to discover that his noble father has sold all the paintings his mother left to him. So he's going to steal them all back again. He's only got a few left to go when the heroine surprises him in the act. He kisses her, to keep her from screaming, but she rips off his mask and sees his face. And when she sees him at Tattersall's the next day (he's a Very well-respected horse breeder and trainer), she decides to teach him a lesson, and bl...more
Ruth
I started this one thinking "not another dreary HR with a blonde, beautiful Society darling as heroine", but I have to say I really enjoyed it. It developed nicely, and ended up being a lovely romantic story. The hero is fabulous the whole way through, knows how to handle horses ( sigh<\i>) and the heroine really improves, thankfully redeeming herself by realizing that what she wants is not what Society wants, and showing a bit of backbone along the way. But it is the secondary characters...more
Jen
A unique premise in which bastard war hero, Sullivan Waring, sells and breeds horses by day; by night he masquerades as a thief, stealing back his mother's paintings from aristocrats after they'd been wrongfully taken from him by his father. A father who refuses to acknowledge his son, at that. It just so happens during one raid Sullivan is caught unawares by Lady Isabel, but he quickly hushes her up with a kiss and so this epic romance begins.

I thought the tension between Isabel and Sullivan wa...more
Susan (susayq ~)
Ahhh, a historical romance. Did you know those are my favorites? They are. And this was great. It was a plot that I hadn't read before...the illegitimate son of a Marquis falls for another Marquis's daughter, who is being courted by the legitimate heir half brother. Of course, there are some other things going on that I won't tell you, cause it would spoil the story, but know that it makes for an interesting twist. At first, I just didn't see where this was going. When I figured it out, and the...more
Mojca
Sullivan Warring, a by-blow of a nobleman without par in the Society, is intent on revenge. His mother died while he was at war against the French in Spain and upon his return his father (who never acknowledged him) has stolen his inheritance – his mother's paintings. Sullivan is adamant at getting those paintings back and embarrassing his lordly father in the process.

So, in broad daylight he's the most respected and sought-after horse breeder in England, while at night he visits his father's fr...more
Erin
I think I have a whole essay brewing on why, when I pick up 1 historical romance, I have to then read 5 more. Books like this are like candy.

I think I'm a sucker for the noble criminal trope. So, meet Sullivan Waring, a horse breeder who moonlights as a cat burglar. Only, it's okay, see, because he's the unacknowledged bastard son of a nobleman, and he's in the process of stealing back paintings his father stole from him to begin with. And his trouble begins when he's caught in the act of liber...more
Ilze
Really enjoyable story - fabulous hero, lovely heroine, amazing chemistry between them. The whole thread of Sullivan training Isabel's horse Zephyr and teaching Isabel how to ride is fascinating and nicely done - I have a weakness for animals, both in life and in stories, so this subject will always get to me if it is well handled. The scenes with the hero and his best buddy Bram are so funny but also heartfelt - Bram actually saves Sullivan's bacon after Sullivan is arrested, even though the co...more
Danette Steward
3.5. The first 1/2 of the book DRAGGED for me. The author just seemed to want to beat it into my head that Sullivan Waring (horse breeder) was from the wrong side of the tracks...I got it....a "bastard"....not acknowledged by his father. Just get on with the romance!!!! Finally, Lady Isabel got seduced and the climax of the story was if Sullivan would decide to marry her and ruin her in society's eyes. Of course, everything turned out like it was supposed to......(yawn).
Sarah
I didn't really know what to think after reading the first chapter or two. Initially, I couldn't decide whether or not I liked Isabel. At first glance she seemed a bit arrogant, spoiled, and self-centered. But as the story developed, so did the characters. And you don't have to wait long to fall in love with them. What I really enjoyed was the fact that Enoch presented Isabel and Sullivan in a way so that you get to know their personality and character at the same rate they get to know each othe...more
Juana "Darkness" Duran
Although Sullivan Waring was in the Peninsula War in for England's rights, he still didn't know what was going on back home. When Sullivan comes back from the war he finds out that his father Lord Dunston sold all of his inheritance. Then he hatches up a plan, the plan is to steel everything back from the people his father gave his things to. Thats when he makes the mistake of going to the Chalsey house. Sullivan gets caught while trying to make it outside by Isabel Chalsey. And to keep her quie...more
Hannah
I'm rather discombobulated by this book. I spent the first half of the book being lukewarm at best toward it.

Sullivan is a rather nondescript hero to the story. A fairly mild by-blow of a blue-blood with a talent for horses. His life is neither super traumatic nor super blessed on any level. Nor is he so talented people just ignore the fact that he's not acknowledged.

Isabel is a spoiled brat, but not THAT much of a spoiled brat. She orders him around and blackmails him, but none of it with any...more
Angela Noviana
Sullivan Warring adalah anak haram dari seorang marquis yang terkenal dengan kehormatannya. Tentu saja ayahnya itu tak mau mengakuinya sebagai anak. Bagi pria tua itu, Sullivan adalah aib bagi keluarganya.

Sullivan yang pulang dari perang mendapati bahwa warisan ibunya yang telah meninggal ternyata dijual kepada orang lain oleh ayah dan saudara tirinya. Dia bermaksud untuk mencuri lukisan-lukisan ibunya dari rumah-rumah tempat lukisan itu kini berada.

Salah satu lukisan ibunya ada di rumah Lord Da...more
Sara
This book for me had a very slow start. I had a hard time getting into the characters. Lady Isabel is the gem of the season, a somewhat boring character until she meets Sullivan Waring. Then she is a bossy boring character. About half way through the book I finally connected with her. Her character develops into a stronger more independent female lead. By the end of the book I was almost cheering her on. Sullivan Waring is a man seeng revenge from his jilted title. He's handsome, rugged and some...more
Leya
After The Kiss is the first book of the author’s new trilogy, The Notorious Gentlemen.

This is Sullivan’s story, he’s a sought after horse breeder, but he’s also the bastard son of a respectable Duke. Let’s say that Sullivan doesn’t get along with Dad and the rest of the family and wants revenge. In comes Isabel, she discovers his secret and wants to keep him close by, so she can keep an eye on him. Obviously they’re attracted to each other, but he feels that he’s beneath her station, and she do...more
Caroline
An interesting variation on the noble thief motif. Instead of a mysterious lady thief caught in the act by an alpha male who, instead of handing her over to the authorities, suddenly finds himself intrigued by his captive, in After the Kiss the thief is a successful horse trader attempting to recover his deceased mother's stolen paintings. During one particular heist he's caught red-handed by an elegant young lady sneaking to the kitchen for a midnight snack. To prevent her calling for help, he...more
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Ben seriye Phin'in hikayesiyle(2.kitap) başladımdı..Bram'ı acayip merak ediyorum..okumak nasip olur inşallah zira eğlenceli ve ilginç bir karakterdi :)Neyse..
Sullivan; bir hırsızlık teşebbüsünde bulunurken,soyduğu evin biricik kızı İsabel(Tibby) tarafından yakalanma tehlikesi ile karşı karşıya kalınca kızımızı öper (susturmak amacıyla) ve macera başlar...
İsabel soygunun ertesi günü abisiyle at satın alacakları yere gider ve bir süprizle karşılaşır.Yakışıklı hırsızı saygın bir at yetiştiricisidir...more
Sbuchler
Genre: Regency Romance

This reminds me a lot of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series – it feels like the same kind of light hearted romp with a sweet romance, and nicely steamy scenes. I’m not sure how After the Kiss actually manages this, since the hero, Sullivan Waring is not a solid member of the ton – instead as an Earl’s bastard and a horse breeder of some renown he’s decidedly on the periphery. The heroine, Lady Isabel Chalsey, is the legitimate daughter of an Earl, and a “diamond of the first...more
Lady Darcie
Dec 28, 2010 Lady Darcie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Lady Darcie by: Notorious Gentlemen #2
Sullivan Waring is one interesting person. Born as the bastered son of a noble man Sully had to make it in the world alone and when he returns from war to learn that his mothers thing have been sold to the people he hates the most he will stop at nothing to get them back...even if that means being a slave to the one person who saw him...Lady Isabel Chalsey.
When Isabel happens upon a robbery in her house she for sure thought that it wouldn't change her life very much but that was until the person...more
Cherise
This is a forbidden love story; Isabel is from a titled family and Sullivan is the bastard child of a marquis. His father doesn’t acknowledge him, so to the ton he’s just a horse breeder. Horse breeders and Lady’s do not mix romantic company, but Sullivan and Isabel have a hard time staying away from each other.

I am a fan of Ms. Enoch’s Samantha Jellicoe series and have not read any of her historical romances, this was my first. I thought this was a great read. I found it while vacationing in th...more
KarenF
I really need to read more Suzanne Enoch. She's got a huge backlist, writes the kind of witty historical romances that I love and yet I've only read two of her books.

I enjoyed Sullivan and Isabel, both as a couple and as individual characters. I loved that Isabel has a supportive and loving family. So often in romances the heroine doesn't have that and they are on their own in a world that was hostile towards women without that support. She started out a little bossy and annoying for me but you...more
Yvonn Blain
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Jessi
Sullivan Waring is a horse trainer who is the bastard son of a noble father. The marquess appropriated the paintings Waring's mother left and Waring is now stealing them all back, earning himself the nickname "Midnight Marauder." But this particular evening, Waring is interrupted by Isabel Chalsey. Before he leaves the house, he steals a kiss.
When she recognizes him the next day, rather than tell anybody, she hires him to teach her how to ride. See, she's afraid of horses but she decides that th...more
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