Kiss Me Darkly–Care to Take a Closer Look at Love?


Kiss Me Darkly Kiss Me Darkly
(Kiss a Belle, #2)
by Cecilia Gray

Gray Life, LLC
Publication Date:  May 1st, 2016
111 Pages
Historical / Romance / YA
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A brand new series from the author of The Gentlemen Next Door, praised for being a “delightful Regency romp… in the spirit of Georgette Heyer.”

Meet Dinah Belle—the Blasé Belle—who never gets emotional because there is no problem—including love—that she cannot solve with her superior intellect. The irrational emotion of love has destroyed her family, but it must have a cure, and she has the perfect test case by which to discover it.

Meet Graham Abernathy—the popular duke’s son—a gentleman who goes out of his way to please others and be well liked. Not that it’s done him any good, since the woman he loves has thrown him over for someone else. Heartbroken, he attracts the interest of one Dinah Belle, who has her sights set on him—for research, of all things.

Dinah has no intention of failing. He has no intention of being cured.


Quick Reasons: I ADORE Dinah, oh my goodness!; the way these two fall in love is just adorable; I loved seeing these events from a second POV; these characters are complex, and this story is only JUST beginning to unfold; entertaining, heart-wrenching, vibrant read

Huge thanks, again, to Cecilia Gray; Gray Life, LLC; and Xpresso Book Tours for sending me a free digital galley of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.


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As I’m sure all you loyal Penguins know, I LOVE reading a sequence of events from more than one POV. With this clever series by Cecilia Gray, it seems I’ve been given that opportunity–and am absolutely relishing it! In this installment, I fell in love with Dinah almost from the first. She is such an intelligent, independent, headstrong woman–and I LOVE how she always looks at things analytically. She dissects emotions much like sixth graders dissect frogs–with interest, a keen eye, and a LOT of questions. She made this read entertaining and enlightening, and I adored her interactions with Graham!


The relationship between them, speaking of, was realistically written and super endearing. While I couldn’t fathom, for a large part of this book, being SO HUNG UP on a passing acquaintance…I also couldn’t help but feel for Graham. Of course, Dinah’s push for scientific study only helped to set the ensnarement between them; it was in these interactions, her pressing for answers and him trying to avoid them, that I found a kinship to root for. Cecilia Gray wove a tale of subtle passions and hidden emotions, and took me on a journey I wasn’t quite expecting!


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Of course, this revolving around the same events of book 1, it was SUPER entertaining to see the sequence from a different perspective–and get the answers to some of the biggest unanswered questions from the previous read! It’s obvious, already, that Cecilia Gray spent a lot of time and effort ensuring each book will be interwoven with the same main happenings…while still maintaining its own edge and separation. The fact that there are five sisters only means a ton more adventure, romance, and stolen kisses in the future!


I am, so far, really enjoying this series! The sisters’ relationships with each other are realistic and supportive, their interactions with and reactions to the world are both amusing and endearing, and I loveloveLOVE that I can get a “feel” for each of them with their own stories! I definitely recommend this series to lovers of historical romances, cutely endearing couples, and complexly woven story lines. Put on your safety goggles, Penguins; there is still more to be studied here!

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