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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, inn-keeper 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 fiance 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?
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Five stars"I loved this book. At first I thought it would be another time travel or love across the ages, but the neat seams between the past and the present, the story of Jago and Eliza entwined with Kayla s life in the present all this kept me reading avidly from beginning to end.I have to admit I originally started reading this book because I like Choc Lit books, but in future I will also look out for more books by Christina Courtenay. She has the ability to draw me into the story and keep me there, eagerly awaiting the next chapter and following the lives of people many years apart. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Loved it."" "Christina Courtenay tells a great story with writing that is easy to read and sits in each time frame snugly; it skips along at a great pace and keeps the reader entertained. The chapters are not too long; the dialogue is concise and descriptions extremely vivid. She adds broken engagements, fortune-telling, stately homes, handsome men and plenty of twists and turns to make it a compelling and engrossing read. It is romance, history and fantasy combined: well recommended." I loved this book. At first I thought it would be another time travel or love across the ages, but the neat seams between the past and the present, the story of Jago and Eliza entwined with Kayla s life in the present all this kept me reading avidly from beginning to end. I have to admit I originally started reading this book because I like Choc Lit books, but in future I will also look out for more books by Christina Courtenay. She has the ability to draw me into the story and keep me there, eagerly awaiting the next chapter and following the lives of people many years apart. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Loved it." A fantastic time-slip novel that continues to cement Christina Courtenay s position as one of the most exciting writers of romantic fiction writing today, "The Secret Kiss of Darkness" is another first-rate read readers will not want to miss!" "A richly woven tapestry of dark secrets, dangerous temptation and everlasting love.. "The Secret Kiss of Darkness" is a phenomenal tale of old ghosts, treacherous magic and love lost and found that I found absolutely impossible to put down. It is no coincidence that Christina Courtenay keeps winning prizes for her novels she is an outstanding storyteller with an extraordinary gift for bringing any period in history to vivid and colorful life and creating a world full of passion, danger and excitement that sweeps readers along and keeps them enthralled from beginning to end! "In The Secret Kiss of Darkness," readers are treated to two powerful, compelling and poignant love stories that are deliciously spiced with nail-biting intrigue, terrifying suspense and heart-pounding passion. Kayla and Eliza are two wonderfully diverse heroines whose strength, courage and dignity will endear them to readers and Jago and Wesley are absolutely wonderful heroes no woman will be able to resist! A fantastic time-slip novel that continues to cement Christina Courtenay s position as one of the most exciting writers of romantic fiction writing today, "The Secret Kiss of Darkness" is another first-rate read readers will not want to miss! "

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