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Only a Kiss

(The Survivors' Club #6)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  5,473 ratings  ·  613 reviews
The Survivors’ Club: Six men and one woman, injured in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendships forged in steel and loyalty. But for one, her trials are not over....

Since witnessing the death of her husband during the wars, Imogen, Lady Barclay, has secluded herself in the confines of Hardford Hall, their home in Cornwall. The new owner has failed to take up his inheritance,
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Signet
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Marina Yes, each book in the series can be read as a stand alone. But all the books in the series are excellent and if you read them out of order, some of th…moreYes, each book in the series can be read as a stand alone. But all the books in the series are excellent and if you read them out of order, some of the details and endings are "spoiled." (Not that romance novel endings are unexpected, or anything, but you know...). The series does progress through the story of each main character in turn and in chronological order. And the main characters of the series interact with each other within each other's stories so it might help for things to make sense to read them in order.
I highly recommend them all.

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
"I want you to love me for my sorry self, which I will try very hard for the rest of my life to make worthy of you—and worthy of me. I can do it. We can always do anything as long as we are alive. We can always change, grow, evolve into a far better version of ourselves. It is surely what life is for. Give me a chance. Let me love you. Let yourself love me. I will give you time if you need it. Just give me hope. If you can."
Am I crying? I'm not crying. It's just the middle of a Cal
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Lady Barclay, Imogen, is one of the Survivors’ Club, a group who were damaged in some way by the Napoleonic Wars, and formed lasting friendships through their shared recovery. Imogen witnessed her husband’s death, and she came back shattered. Eight years later she passes her time “living” at Hardford Hall, the childhood home of her late husband, but now the new heir, Percival Hayes has come home to claim the title and property. Percy doesn’t make a good first impression and these two are at odds ...more
Megan Frampton
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I now have the worst book hangover. I cried multiple times at the end of this (on the subway, because EMBARRASSING), and I just loved it so much. It's incredible to me that Balogh is STILL writing such amazing books, after writing some of my favorites twenty or so years ago. ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I honestly only kept reading this just to find out what exactly happened with Imogen and her husband, eight years ago. I can't say it was exactly worth it. I just didn't enjoy the relationship between Imogen and Percival, they were rude to each other. And then Imogen laughs and Percy decides he wants to 'have' her in the carnal sense. Um, ok. Where did that come from? The smuggling story didn't add much interest either. ...more
"And who the devil might you be? He asked her."

"Imogene Hayes, Lady Barclay," she told him.

Well, if that was a neat facer.

And so began the auspicious meeting of Percy and Imogene. Instant dislike, witty responses, and a whole slew of assumption. Things were shaping up for something good.

This was the Survivor story that had me in the least anticipation and it had nothing to do with the fact that the Survivor is female, but everything to do with Imogene being this supposedly cold icicle through th
Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh is a 2015 Signet Publication.

Just when I think Mary Bologh can’t possibly continue to improve upon this series, she goes and writes one of the most emotional and unique romances in the series so far.

I have wondered when we were going to delve into Imogen’s tale, and have been most curious about her backstory.

Percy Hayes has become tired and bored of himself and so to break up the monotony, he decides to visit his estate in Cornwall. Here he meets his distant cousin,
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who love unusual historical romances
Recommended Read! Review courtesy of Romance Junkies and also posted at The Zest Quest, my quest for a zestful life.

SNIPPET: The Survivors' Club members' stories continue with Imogen, the only female member of their original group. Her story is lighthearted to heartrending to beautifully fulfilling – one of my favorite historicals because of its emotional transitions. Recommended Read!


Percival "Percy" William Henry Hayes, an earl, becomes a viscount when he inherits an estate in Cornwall,
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, steamy
I've been looking forward to this book for months. Imogen has been a favorite of the Survivors since book one as the only female in the group of emotionally vulnerable but oh-so-lovable men. I've been waiting to see what kind of man it would take to break her out of her emotional self-exile. And I had some serious suspicions about the central event of her emotional damage for a while now and I wanted to see how that played out (for the record, I was right :).

And I want to say up front that while
3.5 stars

My least favorite of the series but still good.
I've given this an A for narration (duh!) and an A- for content at AudioGals, so I'm bumping up to 5 stars.

I’ve enjoyed every one of the novels I’ve read and/or listened to in Ms Balogh’s Survivor’s Club series, and Only a Kiss, the sixth book, is no exception. The author continues her extraordinarily insightful stories about a group of people – six men and one woman – indelibly scarred by their wartime experiences with the story of Imogen, Lady Barclay who, eight years previously, watched her o
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: authors-a-b
This novel is the 6th installment in the Survivor’s Club series by MB. It is the story of Imogen, Lady Barclay who is the sole female of the Club and who has secluded herself in a dower home in Cornwall after witnessing the tragic death of her husband during the war. Although she holds no physical scars, the emotional and mental scars have overtaken her life until she met the others in the Club. They help her overcome a hidden pain she keeps inside while trying to remain sane from the dark world ...more
Diane Peterson
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! I have enjoyed the entire Survivor's Club series, some more than others. This one was superb. Balogh dug deep into wonderful and delicious emotions with two incredibly sympathetic characters. If character development is your cup of tea run out and grab this book NOW! Percy, our hero, is a decent guy at the core that has let his life meander along with no real direction. In a drunken stupor he decides to shake things up a bit by visiting the estate he inherited two years ea ...more
Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
It’s a rare day that I’d give an MB book 2 stars. Her writing itself should save any flaws with character and plot.

But not this time. I am annoyed!

I’ve been waiting for Imogen’s Story with anticipation. She’s so mysterious, the only female member of the survivors. Her story is heartbreaking.

The reason I dislike this book is that I never felt the H was enough for her. She had a great love. Her husband was a hero. They loved each other and he died for her and his country in a horrific way. So whoe
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reread- 2/28/16
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
A solid 3.5 stars.
I liked this MB much more than my previous forays into her books.
The hero, Percy, took a long time to grow up but then he turned into a very decent man- he even cried!!! He did say the most blunt things to our heroine, Imogen, even brutal. I found his sheer rudeness a bit disconcerting, until I realised she had thrown him so much off balance, he could not wheel out his usual arsenal of charming, flattering platitudes. His awkwardness, where he would silently berate himself for
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
If I wanted to mindlessly plow through pages of ancestry and ties of friendship every time a new name was mentioned, I'd open up the Bible. No joke, there are lengthy paragraphs dedicated to: "...met Mr. Derby, who was Mrs. Hartford's half-sister Mary's former intended whilst she resided with her mother's cousins at Hampshire. This estate was, of course, lovingly maintained by the Birches whose third cousin once removed once stormed the Bastille alongside Mr. Derby's nephew and son." Not poorly ...more
Oh boy, this was good. More of a 4.5 stars.

Percy, a charming, well-endowed (not that way) tall, dark and handsome almost cliche hero decides to visit one of his estates in Cornwall as his life is just so darn charmed, it's boring. There he meets the widow of the previous owner and a slew of characters and a mass of dogs and cats.

Imogen, the completely shut down "marble" ice queen, is a widow. She and her husband were incredibly close, and she went to the front with him. She was with him when he
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, mary-balogh
I needed a break from fantasy and Only a Kiss turned out to be the perfect choice. My favourite of The Survivors' Club series, both in terms of cover and, more importantly, plot. It's one of the best enemies-turned-lovers stories I have ever read!

Being familiar with the other Survivors makes you appreciate the reunion at the end, but it's not a necessary condition to fully enjoy the book.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded.
In comparison to MB earlier work (and, as a huge fan, I can't help it), the story is somewhat average but it's a much improved offering when compared to the rest of the Survivors' series. It's a story of Imogen, Lady Barclay, the only woman in the so-called Survivors' club. Each of the club members has been wounded different way during the Napoleonic Wars. Imogen is a widow who watched her husband tortured at the hands of the French when they were both captured. The experience
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For sheer consistency you really cannot fault Mary Balogh. This series has been solid throughout for me (I still have Only A Promise to read and I am off the charts excited for George and Dora's book, cannot believe I have to wait until May! May! For heaven's sake!). This one was no different. I love Imogen because I like a strong, sad heroine who is bought back to life by the hero. I was also very intrigued to find out about what precisely happened to her in the war and I didn't see it coming ( ...more
Olga Godim
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Another Survivors’ Club novel, this book didn’t impress me as much as the others in the series. I liked it, but its beginning was slow, with lots of page space dedicated to info dump. The love story in it was integrated with a smuggling thriller, and the tension built very high until the resolution, which was anticlimactic and disappointing. The hero found the bad guys and arrested them. There was no confrontation and no danger except in the last conversation between the hero and heroine, where ...more
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The only bad thing I can ever say about a Mary Balogh book is that eventually, like all the best things in life (chocolate, diet Coke, road trips with friends to Canada) ends.


I loved loved loved reading Imogen's story. What a strong woman!! Her romance with Percy is heartbreaking and lovely and tender.

Loved loved loved it. Oh...did I already say that?? It bears repetition.

Well, the only thing now to do is to wait until May 2016 for the last book in the Survivor's Clu
I liked this. I have been waiting and waiting and WAITING to get to Imogen's story (only female of the group? yes please!) and this did not disappoint. It was good. My co-worker was reading it at the same time I was and she complained the pace was too slow. And I agree, this was not a fast pace book, none of Balogh's are like that. Instead this book focused on Imogen and Percy and how their pasts have made them who they are today and how they can help each other for the future, I liked that. A l ...more
Cee (The Mistress Case)
How dreadfully boring.

In terms of characterization, it was solid. In terms of characters, oh my, this book was drowning in it. It was endless (and occasionally repetitive) descriptions of family relations, landscapes, and plans of actions in the characters' heads. Perhaps, it's a necessity to make it appeared like time is passing, but I can care less. I skipped over the a great number of paragraphs when they became too excessive. Even the philosophical passages got too preachy for me and it was
Aly is so frigging bored
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This as great. I can't wait to read George's story

Fave quote:
“I believe,” he said gently, “we all have a perfect right to make ourselves unhappy if that is what we freely choose. But I am not sure we have the right to allow our own unhappiness to cause someone else’s. The trouble with life sometimes is that we are all in it together.”
4 Stars

In Only a Kiss, the focus shifts to the only female member of the Survivors' Club. Imogen is the widowed Viscountess Barclay and she has become a recluse ever since her husband's death while they were overseas. This lifestyle is made easier by the fact that the new owner of her husband's family estate has not been there in years. But, of course, Percival eventually does get it into his head to visit Hardford Hall and Imogen's life is thrown into chaos from the moment he arrives.

Imogen, as
Kathy Davie
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sixth in The Survivors' Club historical romance series (with a loose connection to Balogh's Bedwyn Saga series) and revolving around a group of seven people suffering PTSD after the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s. The couple focus is on Imogen, Lady Barclay, and Percy Hayes, Earl of Hardford, who has succeeded to the title Imogen's husband was to inherit. It's been a year since Only a Promise , 5.

My Take
It's a story of compassion and wit, as Imogen comes to terms with her guilt. Yep, we f
Jacqueline J
Somewhere between a 3 and 4 star book. I think that might be only because I am grading Ms. Balogh against herself and I like some of her earlier works better. Still this is an engaging series and I liked this novel. I think that Imogen's trauma and her lingering reaction to it were true to life and realistic. I liked the hero who felt that he was wasting his life and was looking for some meaning. These two worked well together. The suspense part of the story was interesting and believable. There ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wonderful, romantic, touching, slow burn of a ride, like only a handful of writers can depict and Mary Balogh is on top of this list. From the descriptive way she talks about the coast in early spring, to the lingering POV of both characters - the first 50% of the book felt like an exploration into who these people are and could become. Decidedly, nothing significant happens right away, but we got to know Imogen and Percy and when the plot moved it was clear why. I won't spoil the story, but I l ...more
BJ Rose
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent, heart-rending story in The Survivors' Club series. Looking forward to the story for the Duke of Stanbrook... ...more
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Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more

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