The Pleasure of Your Kiss
by Teresa Medieros
Clarinda and Ashton have known each other their entire lives. For the majority of their lives, they were neighbors and good friends. That all changed when they started discovering the “opposite” sex. As happens with teenagers, when emotions ran a little too high between them, an argument was just waiting to happen. Ashton left Clarinda behind and went to explore the world.
Clarinda had never had the desire that Ashton did to explore. She was perfectly content to settle down and raise a family. When Ashton left her broken-hearted, she turned to her friends and family to help put the pieces back together. Now, ten years later, she finds herself traveling to her fiancé, Ashton's brother, to finally develop those family roots she's always wanted. Unfortunately, she is kidnapped on the way and her fiancé has no choice but to turn to the one man that has made a name for himself rescuing people: Ashton.
If there was anyone else that he trusted to do the job correctly, Ashton would run fast and far from the situation, but there wasn't. And despite everything he has told himself, he can't let Clarinda continue to be in danger. Clarinda and Ashton can agree on only one thing: they don't want to have anything to do with each other. For now though, they are forced into a truce. When all those old feelings start to crop up, they can only hold them back for so long.
Ms. Medeiros' characters get to traverse through all the range of human emotions in a beautiful love story that grabs you and doesn't let go. There's romance, obviously, but also, comedy, fear, drama, heartbreak, desire, kindness and every other emotion you can imagine. All of that packed into a story that is so vivid you can feel yourself getting swept up into it.
Think that you like desert stories? That you don't have time to read a 500+ page romance? The Pleasure of Your Kiss will change your mind. You won't regret picking this one up.
“Can they really forgive past grievances and find love again?”
January 2012, 528 pages
Ashton Burke is a legendary adventurer who has spent the past ten years roaming the globe to forget the girl he left behind. His devil-may-care life is interrupted when he's hired to rescue his brother's kidnapped fiancée from a sultan's harem. Too late, he discovers she is none other than Clarinda Cardew, the very same girl who made off with his jaded heart a decade ago.
The last thing Clarinda wants is to be trapped in a palace of sensual delights with the man whose irresistible kisses still haunt her sleepless nights. Although he vows he is only doing his job, Clarinda quickly realizes that allowing Ashton to rescue her may put her yearning heart in even greater peril. In a journey that takes them from the delicious intrigues of a sultan's court to the glittering ballrooms of London, Ashton and Clarinda resume the steps of their dangerous dance only to discover the most seductive pleasure of all may be love itself.