The Secret Kiss of Darkness

The Secret Kiss of Darkness

by Christina Courtenay


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Must forbidden love end in heartbreak?
Kayla Sinclair knows she's in big trouble when she almost bankrupts herself to buy a life-size portrait of a mysterious eighteenth century man at an auction.
Jago Kerswell, innkeeper and smuggler, knows there is danger in those stolen moments with Lady Eliza Marcombe, but he'll take any risk to be with her.
Over two centuries separate Kayla and Jago, but, when Kayla's jealous fiancé presents her with an ultimatum, and Jago and Eliza's affair is tragically discovered, their lives become inextricably linked thanks to a gypsy's spell.
Kayla finds herself on a quest that could heal the past, but what she cannot foresee is the danger in her own future.
Will Kayla find heartache or happiness?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781890677
Publisher: Choc Lit
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Christina Courtenay lives in Herefordshire and is married with two children. Although born in England, she is half Swedish and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, the family moved to Japan and she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East and other parts of the world.

Her debut novel Trade Winds, a historical romance and adventure story, was short-listed for the Pure Passion Award for Best Historical Fiction 2011. Her second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, received the Best Historical Fiction prize for the Big Red Read 2011. Her novels Highland Storms and The Gilded Fan both won the Historical Novel of the Year award (Highland Storms in 2012 and The Gilded Fan in 2014), while The Silent Touch of Shadows (time slip) won the Festival of Romance award for Best Historical in 2013.

Christina also writes contemporary YA and New England Rocks was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year award in the YA category in 2014.

Her hobbies include genealogy, archaeology (the armchair variety), listening to loud rock music and collecting things. She loves dogs, reading and chocolate.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charming modern-day heroine, Kayla provides the link for a past romance to find its happy ending while in the process finding her own. I found Kayla a sweet and refreshing heroine, though it was the heroes of past and present - Jago and Wes - who really captivated me. This is the first historical/time slip Christina Courtenay novel I've read and she does heroes *very* well. Happily, there's a sequel which I'm now really looking forward to. The blending of past and present was intriguing, the romance quite lovely and the writing style beautiful and well paced, making for an absorbing reading experience.