A Duke's Wicked Kiss
by Kathleen Bittner Roth
Miss Suri Thurston knows the pain of abandonment. Intent on confronting the grandmother who tossed her to the lions, she travels from England to her birthplace in India. Her plans run afoul when she encounters the man who, ten years prior, left a mark on her soul with one stolen kiss. But he is a duke, and far beyond the reach of even her dreams.
The Duke of Ravenswood, secret head of the British Foreign Service, has no time for relationships. His one goal is to locate and eliminate key insurgents involved in an uprising against the British East India Company before it's too late. But when Suri appears in Delhi, his resolve is tested as he finds his heart forever bound to her by the one haunting kiss they shared once upon a time.
With Suri's vengeful Indian family looking for her death, and insurgents intent on mutiny tearing their world apart, can their love rise above the scandal of the marriage they both desperately want?
Suri never had plans to settle down or have kids. She is the product of a love affair her father had and doesn't want to pass on being a mix blood to kids. She has had a good life growing up with her father and his family. Only one man has ever caught her eye when they had a kiss years ago. Now she is going to India to try and meet her mothers family. In India she is surprised to run into John again. John is now the Duke of Ravensworth and also secret head of the British Foreign Service. He is there to stop an uprising and had no plans to fall for a woman. He can't resist Suri the girl he has never forgot. They begin a relationship but danger is set to keep them apart. Her mothers family wants her dead and he is an a dangerous position. Can they overcome the odds against them to find happiness?
I loved the different setting sin this book. India was fascinating to read about and I could picture clearly the settings. Suri is a great character who knows what she wants and doesn't want. At times she rushes into things but she means well. I enjoyed reading about her. John is a great guy who works hard and has his own secrets. I love how committed he is to his cause and the reasons behind it. There is tons of danger in this book and I was surprised how far Suri's family was willing to go to kill her. Another favorite thing in this book is John's cheetah. that was an awesome addition and I love that cat. India is just the start of Suri and John's problems as they still have stuff to deal with even back home. it seems know matter how much they are in love something keeps trying to come between them. The author does a great job with the characters and with the plot. It is a great story you can really get into that is not full of fluff.
4 out of 5 Stars
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