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TBR Challenge 2011: Kiss an Angel

The suggested theme for this month’s TBR Challenge was Christmas/Holiday themed-romances. Even though I have several dozen of these in my TBR pile, I chose a book that I happened to finish last week, that was nevertheless languishing in my TBR pile for quite a while.

First, here’s the synopsis from the publisher:

Pretty, flighty Daisy Devreaux can either go to jail or marry the mystery man her father has chosen for her. Arranged marriages don’t happen in the modern world, so how did the irrepressible Daisy find herself in this fix?

Alex Markov, as humorless as he is deadly handsome, has no intention of playing the loving bridegroom to a spoiled little feather-head with champagne tastes. He drags Daisy from her uptown life to a broken down traveling circus and sets out to tame her to his ways.

But this man without a soul has met his match in a woman who’s nothing but heart. Before long, passion will send them flying sky high without a safety net… risking it all in search of a love that will last forever.

The romance between Daisy and Alex was really sweet and had enough angst to make the HEA that much better. The above blurb characterizes Daisy as a spoiled brat, but I found that she showed her toughness from the first day she was thrown into the marriage with Alex and adapted very quickly to her new circumstances—living in a messy trailer and traveling with the circus. What was remarkable about Daisy’s character development was the way she bonded with the menagerie animals, and how she was willing to perform such hard physical labor in order to improve their living conditions.

There was nothing I disliked about the hero, Alex. I can only tell you I’ve lived in Russia and they seem to have a shortage of alpha males. The women, on the other hand, are Amazons—shrewd, smart, strong, and beautiful—probably to make up for the deficiencies in the male population. So most Russian heroes in romance seem a little far-fetched to me.

Can you believe this is the first book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips I’ve ever read? Even though if pressed to rate Kiss an Angel, I’d only give it about 3 stars out of five, I’ll definitely read more of her books.

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  1. OMG, I’ve read this one! I thought for some reason it was an old Nora Silhouette, but I remember this one quite clearly. Was one of the few SEP that didn’t make me go “ick.” Something about what she puts her heroines through makes my tummy hurt.