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After the Kiss

(Notorious Gentlemen #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,143 ratings  ·  140 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 357 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Avon (first published 2008)
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May 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: pub-2008
First things first, “stealing” kisses is rapey, ok? Let’s just never forget that. Now onto the review.
The premise here makes little sense and the logic is stretched to the maximum, but then we don’t read historical romance novels looking for plausibility.

It’s supposed to be a traditional story of a good girl falling for a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. She is a society darling, and he is, while not exactly a commoner, a bastard son of an aristocrat who refuses to acknowledge him, even t
Juliana Philippa
(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. Sul ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
If my reading experience had been better this year, I probably would have given this book 2 stars and be done with it. But no I grow incessantly impatient with the offers in the market and realize I have lost my patience. This book's biggest problem is the ditzy heroine. She caught the hero sneaking around in her house. And our brave heroine said nothing to anybody. Then upon seeing the "thief" aka our hero again, she decided to blackmail him for no good reasons. Just for her own amusement I sup ...more
Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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!
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksfree-com
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
J. Leigh Hunter
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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Ivana Azap Feješ
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 mother's paintings which were unjustly taken from him while he was fighting on the Peninsula. 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)! Sulliva ...more
Chitra *CJ*
“After The Kiss” is the story of Sullivan and Isabel.

Sullivan is the illegitimate son of Dunston, who has two goals- to remain a respectful horse breeder, and to claim his rightful inheritance snatched away from him by his ass of a father.
He trains horses during the day, and robs houses at night as the Mayfair Marauder in order to gain back the paintings his mother made and which were ruthlessly sold by his sperm donor.
One of such thievings leads him to Lady Isabel Chalsey’s home- who catches hi
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
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
May 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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
Oct 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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 that w ...more
Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Susan (susayq ~)
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suzanne-enoch
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
Addie H
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: h-rom-regency
On Kindle sale for USD 0.99
Stuck on the tarmac, After the Kiss fails to take the reader off to a flight of fancy. It is a surprise to discover it lacks table stakes and a disappointment to know passion is missing from its pages. Sullivan is the Mayfair Thief. He is stealing his mother's paintings back to reclaim inheritance that his father sold when he was away at war. Isabel discovers Sullivan is the Mayfair Thief one night and decides to meddle in his affairs when the opportunity presents itself. She's a spoiled English ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Read June 7, 2018

They are from two different worlds. Yet she was dignified in the face of his selfishness and his family's arrogance.
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
As much as I like this author the book was nothing special ...more boring...had to skip to the end fast...still took me forever to finish it.

Lita Bouquard
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I really disliked the first part of this book -A prologue about war and the story features a horse named Zephyr. I just finished an Adventure book by Enoch in a different series with a heroine of the same name. So of course everytime they mentioned Zephyr I thought of a girl and not a horse. Why would Enoch use the same name ? and it was repeated a lot. There also seemed to be a lot of characters in the beginning and it was tricky to recall who was who. Eventually the story got interesting. The ...more
Faridah Begum
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly notorious but meaningful

Great the moral values taught in this story.
Truly one of the best books I have ever read.
Looking forward to more!
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Lady Darcie Guenon
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Danette Steward
May 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: enoch-suzanne
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).
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