Title: The Sweetest Kiss: Sons of Worthington, Book 1
Author: Marie Higgins
Genre: Regency Romance
Story Setting: England, 1822
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Published Date: November 11, 2011
Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
Length: 10 hours, 18 minutes
Release Date: October 3, 2014
Publisher: Marie Higgins
Publisher’s Summary: Lord Trey Worthington isn’t about to give his heart to a woman. He does not want a marriage like his parents. But when his mother brings in a childhood acquaintance into the home to sponsor into society, Trey has to get Miss Faraday trained properly. The more he gets to know Judith, the more he yearns for something he doesn’t dare reach for. Judith is after a faithful husband – something Trey has been convinced most of his life he’ll never become.
Judith Faraday is only after one thing – to marry her Naval Officer and enjoy a life full of love. She’s doubtful her dream will ever come true while living as the ward to the dowager duchess. However, the longer Judith is with the dowager’s son Trey, an attraction blossoms. Judith now wonders if God has different plans for her life, because Trey doesn’t believe in the sanctity of marriage – the very thing Judith cannot do without.
©2011 Marie Higgins (P)2014 Marie Higgins
My Thoughts: The story along with the narration were appealing with lovable characters. I enjoyed the listen even more so as the story picked up its pace. Narrator Valerie Gilbert entertained me with her storytelling technique and wit. It gave the listen just that more sparkle. She had just the right amount of sarcasm and sass to Judith’s voice. As I listened I almost felt it was a satire on the silly traditions the ton lived by.
As childhood neighbors, Judith and Trey did not get on. Trey was a devilish young lad and played many tricks doing hurtful things to Judith which Judith remembered as an adult. She didn’t care to get to know Trey as an adult. Yet, through circumstances, she was obliged to, and being the humorous person she was, she spent her time ‘getting back’ at him unaware she encouraged his attentions.
Judith was a bit spoiled, quite independent, naïve, had a temper, yet possessed a great sense of humor. She didn’t want to have a Season, nor did she want the dowager to bring her out. All she wanted was to find her true love, Alex. The only person who knew about Alex was Trey. Trey had made her a promise. He would help find him if she allowed his mother to sponsor her for a season.
Both Lord Trey and Judith could not deny the attraction they held for each other. Judith was hoping for a kiss from him, and once she received it, the allure of the naval officer became less so and she started questioning whether she truly loved Alex, for he didn’t make her feel the way Trey did.
I enjoyed the relationship Lord Trey had with Lord Dominick, his best friend. Lord Dominick was a very likeable rogue adding a lot to this story and surely will have a story of his own later in the series. Both Lord Trey and Lord Dominique weren’t interested in married life. They were men only interested in their rakish ways and freedom.
The shoe drops. Alex returns, full of surprises.
About the Author: Marie Higgins is a multi-published author of romance; from refined bad-boy heroes who makes your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. Visit her website / blog to discover more about her – http://mariehiggins84302.blogspot.com
About the Narrator: Valerie Gilbert is a native New Yorker. A background in acting (plays, comedies, musicals) morphed over time into solo work, including stand-up comedy, autobiographical one woman shows, and storytelling competitions. The transition was then made to writing. As a result, Raving Violet, Memories, Dreams & Deflections: My Odyssey Through Emotional Indigestion, and her latest, Swami Soup, were published.
Her writing is non-fiction, intensely personal, with a focus on philosophy, personal growth, and metaphysics, all with liberal doses of humor, her trademark. Yet another avenue of expression became available to her when she started producing her own audio books, first, Raving Violet, then 67 for other authors, as well as her own Memories, Dreams & Deflections and Swami Soup.
Valerie now teaches psychic development and personal growth classes at Namaste Healing Center in New York City. She is currently writing her fourth book. Her website is Raving Violet.