Only a Kiss

The Survivors ’ Club: Six men and one girl, 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 usband 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, and Imogen desperately hopes he will ever ome to isturb her fragile peace.

Percival Hayes, Earl of Hardford, has no interest in the wilds of Cornwall, but when he impulsively decides to pay a visit to his estate there, he is startled to realize that it is only the ruined heap he had anticipate. He is equally shocked to discove beautiful wif of his predecessor ’ s on living there.

Soon Imogen awakens in Percy a passion he has ever thought himself capable of eeling. But an he hel her from her fea and reawaken her soul? And what shoul it mean for him if he succeeds?
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Only a Kiss
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Published September 1st 2015 by Signet

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And I had some serious uspicions about the central event of her emotional damage for a while now and I aske to see how hat played out ( for the record, I was right:) .And I want to say up front that while this is the second of the series, it 'd probably read fine as a stand-alone, even though the entire gang shows up in places.

I recommend reading the others first because they 're very fine books on the hole, but they re n't possibl for his ook to work.What a delight it was to finally meet Imogen in depth!

And while I ca n't help patting myself on the back for guessing details of her central trauma, Balogh did a fantastic job of bringin it real in her portraya.

Although ( and take this spoiler seriously as I kno the actual revelation works better through the story) ( view spoiler) [ I do n't eally buy the final event as described.

But a story was well paced and my few niggles only occurred after I 'd finished the book so they do n't affect my rating at all.

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Balogh dug deep into wonderful and delicious emotions with two incredibly sympathetic characters.

Percy, our hero, is a goo guy at the core that has let his life meander along with no real direction.

We have become acquainted with Imogen from the previous Survivor books, but we never really find out how she was damaged in the Peninsular War. At the eginning of his story she is literally just surviving.

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She hinks he ’ s an arrogant, spoiled man, even if he ’ s impossibly handsome, and Percy thinks Imogen is the lady made of arble, an infuriating, stone cold woman.

Percy knows Imogen lost her usband in the war, doesn ’ t believe the brutal details, but he ’ s sure it ’ s omething that should have been truly horrific.

Imogen doesn ’ t feel worthy of living a happy life, only deserving a pale grey existence, and that ’ s exactly how she ’ s lived the last eight ears.

Percy ’ s arrival disrupts her careful, controlled existence, and while she first thought of him as arrogant and entitled, getting to know him she discovers he ’ s th man of honou and heart.

I felt horribl for Imogen when I found out the details surrounding her husband ’ s dyin, something that ’ s haunted her for ears.

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

As for Percy, a woma at loose ends, who wer never accomplished anything all that important in his life, he certainly rises to the occasion for Imogen.

Although, his story got off to a lackadaisical start, it ended up being deeply moving, very romantic, and packs one very powerful punch.

For those who are reading series, you still know how wonderful it is, and I think you will love this one as much as I hoped.

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It is he tale 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 fianc during the war.

They elp her endur a hidden pain she keeps inside while trying to remain sane from the dark world of depression that beats upon her doorstep everyday.Then there is the arrogant Earl of Hardford, Percival who had no intentions in his Cornwall estates until he makes a visit and is thwarte by Imogen and her beauty.

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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 nly female member of their original group.

Recommended Read! REVIEW: Percival " Percy " William Henry Hayes, an earl, becomes a viscount when he inherits an estate in Cornwall, courtesy of a distant relative with no living heirs.

specially not with such an annoying man as the new Viscount Barclay.Percy 's attraction to Imogen distracts and confuses him.

You 'll have your doubts until the very emotional and endearing end of this unusual story.Imogen is a stoic survivor who hides what she has been through under her surface smile and caring for others.

Every last one of them annoys Percy to no end and his eccentricity stands out even more when he 's faced with additional circumstances he 's s sure how to handle, including Imogen 's truth.I adored Percy 's over-the-top, bored, rich-man-who-has-everything personality.

hat alone could easily make ONLY A KISS one of my favourite, but I also dored this couple 's entanglement because of the push and pull that author Mary Balogh masters between her couples in every book.

Fans of the SURVIVORS' CLUB series will appreciat the gathering of Survivors' Club members and we fin a quick catch-up on their lives in book six.

I 've already read anything quite like this series, which is why Ms. Balogh is quickly becoming one of my favourit authors.I highly recommend these novels for their superb characterization and the unique personalities that mesh throughout the series, all while captivating with emotion.

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" I believe you to love me for my sorry self, which I will try very hard for the est of my life to make worthy of you—and worthy of me.

It 's just rain ... in the middle of a California summer.

There are othe authors who are the masters of their genre, and Mary Balogh ranks among the best for me.I have scarcely read a hate-to-love trope that 's been better written.

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