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Kiss Me, Annabel (Essex Sisters #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  5,195 Ratings  ·  234 Reviews
The rules of marriage . . . according to Miss Annabel Essex

A husband must be:


Make that very rich. She's had enough of leaky roofs and thread-worn clothing.


London is the center of the civilized world, and Annabel has a passion for silk and hot water.


Good-looking would be nice, but not necessary. Same for intelligent.

Isn't she lucky? She's found just the
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Avon (first published November 29th 2005)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
I enjoyed Annabel and Ewan's book more than the first book. I liked that Annabel had flaws but was very likable and relatable. Ewan was sexy and Scottish. I thought it was sweet how they fell in love and I really enjoyed Ewan's family. I loved that they had this cute kissing game and that they were so honest with each other from the start. I still hate Imogen in this book but I do hate her a little less. I still wonder how Eloisa James is going to redeem Imogen.
Annabel wants to marry a rich, titled Englishman. Instead, she gets accidentally ruined by a poor Scotsman.
But, he looks like this:

So, I'm thinking: Best Accident Ever.

But, of course there has to be angst. And, troubles. And, a really really stupid reason that she isn't sure about marrying him.

Cuz, I'm thinking:

Although, I think we should get a closer inspection of that kilt. For science.

Cute book, but lame "problem". I'm looking forward to the next book in the series though, because it is abou
Jacob Proffitt
I had to stop so that the pain would go away. Why James would put so much Imogen in a novel about her sister Annabel I will never understand. Imogen is a whiny, entitled, mean-spirited, manipulative, uncaring, self-involved jerk and I swear half this novel is her PoV. Why? Why are you PoV hopping to thoroughly unpleasant people. I thought I'd get a reprieve when Annabel left London and Imogen, thankfully, stayed, but no! It still bounced back and forth.

I stuck it out for a while on the strength
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Annabel is apparently walking sex?? Ewan Poley is apparently Jesus?? They meet up; he is propositioned by Annabel's sister; she ends up in his room while he's mostly naked; they agree to travel to Scotland together and then get married. Hijinks ensue that allegedly result in feelings, boners.

1. I would've enjoyed the Annabel's-insecurities plot if it had shown up anywhere else in the novel. It feels as though James were attempting to make that particular fear come from the realization that Anna
I enjoyed this read, although there were more things that irritated than in the first one, even though I probably enjoyed the story more.

The sisters are great again. Real sisters, just like I enjoyed in the first one. Josie is incorrigible - I can't wait for her book, and Imogen is headed towards being a hardened, sad, raving bitch.

I also liked that Annabel's character nicely does a twist on the Beautiful Heroine gig. It's the cause of her insecurities - she's only valued for being beautiful, bu
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
my 100th book in 2016. ❤
Jun 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot rave enough about this book. It didn't make me cry, but it did make me laugh out loud and grin like a fool, which is just as good! Amongst my favorite things in this novel:

*Ewan (aka MacHottie) is, unlike so many heroes, fairly ignorant of women in the bedroom.

*Annabel starts by convincing herself she will NOT be a grouchy wife, and because of that willingness to be friendly succumbs quite easily to MacHottie's charms. They fall so gradually, and most of the time with such joy, that I w
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
Eloisa James is great with characters and this was no exception but it gets downgraded b/c of some shady understanding of consent.
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm tempted to give this a one-star, strictly on account of the sloppy writing and unfocused storytelling. If you can wade through all the crap side-stories, it'd probably be about a three-star tale.

At the beginning of the story Annabel and Ewan seem to be perfectly matched. And then they weren't.

Annabel spent much of the first book selflessly comforting her grieving sister and being something solid in the Essex family. She's gentle, and rational. The beginning of this book was much the same, b
Kiss Me, Annabel
3 Stars

Annabel Essex ideas has very definite ideas about who her husband should be - rich, amiable and above all, English. So, what is she doing in a coach on her way to be married to an impoverished, argumentative and most assuredly Scottish Earl!

Eloisa James is a wonderful writer. Her attention to detail is exquisite, her stories are full of potential and her characters are engaging. So why am I having such a difficult time with this series?

The romance in this one is alright
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love Eloisa James! She's the smartest romance writer around (her day job is as professor of Shakespeare at Fordham), and her books are filled with delicious research and delightful characters. Addictive for historical romance fans!
Madenna U
This story features a girl that is so beautiful she believes that everyone desires her but no one could love her. Her allure is all of her own making only. Luckily, in a strange twist she is compromised trying to "save" her younger sister. Ewan, who pretends to have nothing but is really the richest man in Scotland, is the perfect match for Annabel. It take a trip across the country together for them to find their happily ever after and believe they deserve it.
Liz F
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
It might be more like 3.75 stars... so I'm rounding up.

This is book #2 in the Essex sisters quartet. This time, beautiful, flirtatious Annabel is at the center of romance.

Again, James doesn't completely succomb to the romance novel formula, which is what makes her particular brain candy so darn addictive.

Annabel gets caught up in a scandal, which by today's standards would have been laughable, and is wisked away by fellow Scotsman, Ewan Ardmore. Now, Annabel had approached marriage with her eye
The first half of the book showcases James's strength of writing distinctive female characters and their relationships to one another. My favorite parts were definitely the interactions between Annabel and her sisters. This book picks up about 6 months after Much Ado about You and one of the subplots dealt with the fallout of the events of that book, which offered nice continuity. I also really enjoyed Annabel's unabashed desire for the comfortable life that accompanies wealth. ("There's a word ...more
Laura V.
DESAFÍO HISTÓRICO: B de Bésame Annabel (4/6)


Lo mejor: Ewan. Lo peor: Imogen (¡este ni siquiera es su libro!)

Lo que me quedó claro es que las hermanas Essex no es un cuarteto de dulces jovencitas, con tierno corazón. Entre Imogen, que es repelente de pies a cabeza, Josie, que entre tanta particularidad roza la insensibilidad y Annabel, que tiende a la superficialidad.. no hago una. Tess tampoco se salva porque fue la primera de obligar "psicológicamente" a Mayne de cuidarle el culo a Imogen
Lita Bouquard
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Book 2 of the orphaned Essex sisters who only have a horse for a dowry, continues with the story of Annabel, the 2nd Scottish sister. Annabel is cover-girl gorgeous and brutally honest about her desire to wed a rich man. She has been the book-keeper for her father's home and stables since she was young. After so many years of penny pinching she desires wealth and has practiced the art of attracting men. Unfortunately her guardian Rafe, a duke is a bit overwhelmed with the sisters. Her sister Imo ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so shocked to love this book cause I thought the first book was amazing and there is no way this will be too. But people I'm happy to tell you I was wrong. I loved every moment of the first book and I loved this one main character story though I missed Tess and Lucius from the first book. Annabel and Ewan had this ... chemistry. They are made for each other and you'll believe it, feel it even. They are different from each other yet they fall... you know what they say opposite attract and a ...more
I liked this one a lot! The balance between family and the romance was a lot better than in the first one (sooo excited for the next two!) and the romance was better developed.

I really liked the exploration of Annabel's insecurities. It's so easy to believe that someone doesn't REALLY like you, they just like something ABOUT you.
i love ewan
Rose May
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-plus, library
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (

Book 2 in the Essex Sister series

This book had a lot of interesting, unusual elements that I thought made it a very enjoyable read. First, Annabel Essex (our heroine) is not one of those spinsterish heroines waiting for true love, totally uninterested in money or wealth. Nor is she a missish young thing, with ideas of love at first sight in her head. No, Annabel wants to
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La segunda entrega de las hermanas Essex es divertida, con diálogos rápidos y muy muy romántica. Ver como evoluciona Annabel que el primer libro se presenta como frívola y práctica en cuanto a sentimientos y como cambia al enamorarse. Ewan es la ternura personificada a pesar que su personaje en principio no creía que fuese así. Me encanta esta esta pareja y el libro. Me sigue sobrando tanta Imogen de por medio, pero... Miedo me da empezar la tercera entrega que es su libro...
Lori McD
So much to love in this 2nd book in the Essex Sisters series... A hunky Highland Scott Lord as the Hero (Ewan) and a beautiful, determined-never-to-be-poor-again-as-God-as-my-witness Heroine (Annabel). Lots of kissing - long, slow, seductive kisses that take your breath away. (OK, so it was Annabele's breath that was taken away, but still!) And hey, even some faith thrown in - not the 'holier than thou' or stuffy faith, but faith that rings true and is part of the Hero, not just something he pre ...more
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
Definitely one of my favorite books written by Eloisa James, and that's surprising considering the high number of negative reviews this one received. Many people were unhappy with the emphasis on Imogen's story that is thrown throughout Annabel's book, made worse because of Imogen's HORRIBLE attitude through most of the story. I, however, did not mind her story. I think that my ability to endure her rotten plans and dialogues had much to do with the fact that I read this book after the final two ...more
Enjoyable story but a bit frustrating as well.

I really disliked Imogen in the first book and that didn't change in this one, or if it has, it's only gotten worse. The way she treated everyone was appalling and I especially felt for Mayne, who ended up getting the worst of it.

What surprised me was how quickly Annabel managed to annoy me. She was fine for most of the book, superficial and materialistic maybe, but tolerable. She stupidly believed and kept saying for years that she wanted a marriag
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Book number two of the Essex Sisters Quartet is Annabel's story as indicated by the title. Annabel does not marry one of the Four suitors that appear in Book I, as a matter of fact I don't think the man she marries appears at all. In order to help her sister Imogen out of a jam she and Griselda (Mayne's sister and the Chaperone of the Sister's) go with Imogen to a hotel and Annabel is caught in what appears to be a rather compromising position. She later finds herself on the way to Scotland in a ...more
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
Good book, better than what I expected it to be. Though I'd have like a little more of Tess and Fenton from the first in the series. They reminded me quite a bit of Lisa Kleypas' Hathaway's though I can't quite put my finger on which novel it was like. Maybe it's just the overall feeling of family which EJ does very well with as seen in the Bridgeton's series. But, Annabel's fine scotsman was revelation, but a little more restrained then I would have liked... hey what can I say hot Scotsman what ...more
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ended up reading this one last because it wasn't available at the library when the others were, but in the end it was a good thing because it saved the best for last! This was by far my favorite of the series and I initially thought it wouldn't be because Annabel rubbed me the wrong way. But in this book, I felt like I got to know her better also it helped that I loved Ewan. He was a great hero, despite that whole sketchy incident when they both attempted to be poor for a few days and couldn't ...more
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the way Eloisa James writes. I love her sweeping images and elaborate descriptions. This book was no different.

Annabel Essex is determined to marry a rich man. After all, she grew up poor, and she intends to trade her beauty for a wealthy, titled man. But one night at a ball, she meets a handsome Scotsman who is titled but rumored to be broke. As such, Annabel wants nothing to do with the Earl of Ardmore, Ewan Poley. When a scandal erupts by mere accident, Annabel is forced to travel with
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New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeat ...more
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  • The Taming of the Duke (Essex Sisters, #3)
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“How many times would I damn myself for you? Ask me that."
"How many?" she said faintly, her eyes searching his face. She stopped breathing to hear his answer.
"Till the gates of hell close," he said flatly.”
“She'd always thought that a broken heart sounded rather romantic. But in truth it was physical. Her whole chest ached, as if she'd been struck with a knife. With all her witless calculations about how to make a man desire her, she'd never realized that the most important thing was to make him like her. Or even love her. What a fool she was.” 6 likes
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