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Cupboard Kisses

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  157 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Cristabel Swann accepts a job in a boarding house only to discover that the other female tenants seem unusually popular with men....

Well-bred orphan Cristabel Swann tolerates her thankless teaching job--until her uncle dies unexpectedly. Arriving in London to claim her inheritance, Cristabel encounters something else entirely--a loutish naval captain who won all of the old
Mass Market Paperback, 215 pages
Published December 1989 by Fawcett
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A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Cristabel Swann is a well-bred, but penniless orphan teaching music at Miss Meadows school for young ladies when she receives a letter informing her that her uncle and only remaining relative has died leaving behind an estate. When the black-hearted bitch, I mean, Headmistress says that Cristabel can’t possibly be spared to go to London, she resigns her position, packs up her meager possessions and takes off into the great unknown. Except, when she arrives at her uncle’s town home, she finds a s ...more
Jodi Ralston
There was so much to enjoy about this novel. Such as the first meeting between the hero (Captain Chase/Lord Winstoke) and heroine (Cristobel Swann), although I have to admit I didn't like have his rakish behavior thrown so hard in my face. The two got off on the wrong foot right away, but in such a funny way (including some literal tripping over Cristobel's harp)! But how could things not get off on the wrong foot, given he had "stolen" (won in a card game) her inheritance. I couldn't help but t ...more
Olga Godim
Apr 17, 2016 Olga Godim rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, historical
2.5 stars
Meh. It’s a regency romance, but the writing is below average, with lots of telling instead of showing, and the heroine’s naivety is almost unbelievable. The book is also very uneven. Some scenes are lovely, while others could use a lot of polishing or a complete re-write. I’m not inspired to read more of this writer.
M.A. Nichols
Aug 03, 2016 M.A. Nichols rated it really liked it
This book is adorable and hilarious. This book somehow manages to use the mistaken identity trope, add a splash of violence and makes it far-fetched, but engaging. I'm not normally a fan of this type of plotline, but I thought it was entertaining.

While I don't normally like to summarize the plot in my reviews, this one deserves a better description than is given by the publishing company: When the heroine's estranged uncle dies, she rushes to London when his lawyer requests her presence, thinkin
Jan 13, 2015 Bibliothekerin rated it it was amazing
This book was quintessential Metzger, but I enjoyed it even more than usual because the harp features prominently; my sister plays the harp as does the main character Cristabel. Unlike during the Regency when every milk-and-water miss played the harp, today anyone who plays it is looked upon as angelic--which gets old fast, I can tell you! Listeners never fail to gasp how "angelic" the music sounds--and by extension, how angelic the performer must be. (As if!) I couldn't help recall all the othe ...more
CJ Patrick
Apr 22, 2013 CJ Patrick rated it really liked it
This is a classic Barbara Metzger romance. It has everything that I love about her: humor, likable main characters, secondary characters that steal the scenes, and new twists on an oft-used plot. Cristabel is naive, but not stupid and Kenley is definitely cynical, but not so much that he doesn't appreciate good when he sees it. Yes, it was a little far-fetched that Christabel didn't catch onto Mac's racket sooner, but it was fun to watch the occupants of the house go about their daily (and night ...more
Jul 28, 2014 kris rated it liked it
Christabel is a rector's daughter; a former schoolteacher; and now the deed-holder of what turns out to be a brothel on Kensington Street. Chase / Winstroke is a new viscount; former Navy Captain; and now strangely into the new prostitute on Kensington Street...OH WAIT.

There were nonsense sentences, smidgens of You've Got Mail, and a Danny DeVito cameo--all in all, an entertaining romp.
May 25, 2014 Elen rated it really liked it
romance without romance. It was fun, certainly, but the crucial chunk of wooing and romancing is left out. We are told they've met a few times and suddenly the captain is developing Respectable Intention.. what the hell?
Jun 03, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it
I love these little novels by Barbara Metzgar. They are light, quick reads, almost like watching a movie. Kenley Chase has just inherited an estate and title. He has also just won the property of Cristabel Swann's uncle. At the uncle's death, Cristable, a music teacher at a school for young ladies, goes to London to claim her inheritance only to discover it no longer is hers. Chase sets her up as the landlady of a house in Kensington, neither one of them realizing that it is a high priced brothe ...more
Apr 21, 2014 Barbi rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, regency
A fun easy reading regency - a dash or humour... and a happy ending!!
Jun 30, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
Not as good as some of the others.
Apr 14, 2009 Laura rated it it was ok
Quite a lot of this book is spent on side characters that are never fleshed out, and Christabel's transformation, the romance aspect is never as full as I would like. There's the mistaken identity aspect on both sides, but I never saw or cared about either falling in love with either.
Jun 05, 2013 Gail rated it liked it
Cute. Quick. Predictable. Perfect little romance.
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Barbara Metzger is the author of over three dozen books and a dozen novellas. She has also been an editor, a proof-reader, a greeting card verse-writer, and an artist. When not painting, writing romances or reading them, she volunteers at the local library, gardens and goes beach-combing and yard-saling.

Her novels, mostly set in Regency-era England, have won numerous awards, including the Romance
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