I haven’t read any books by Mary Balogh lately, and I don’t really know why that is. I have always liked her work. I’m glad I happened on her latest Only a Kiss and will not be so remiss in the future.
Percy is the poster boy for dissolute man about town, too rich and far too handsome for his own good. He is so bored he decides to hie himself off to Cornwall to see for the first time the estate he inherited two years back.
He finds the house is not in the disrepair he assumed although it is rather overrun by every stray cat and dog in the neighborhood. He also finds Imogen, the widow of the man who should have become the earl, had he survived the Napoleonic Wars. His internal monologues are both charming and very revealing.
Has Balogh been watching Poldark redux as I have? Mayhaps, since the plot also includes smuggling which seems to be a cottage industry in Cornwall. But I digress.
Imogen is a member of the otherwise male Survivors’ Club. Eventually, we and Percy find out why. And it’s not at all what one would assume.
The supporting cast is filled with well-drawn characters—townspeople, lots of family, and finally the other “Survivors.”
I’ll be waiting eagerly for the final book of this series, Only Beloved, due out in May 2016.