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DANGER'S KISS
SARAH MCKERRIGAN
ISBN# (10): 0-446-61887-X/ (13): 978-0-446-61887-8
April 29, 2008
Forever/Grand Center Publishing (Hachette Book Group, USA)
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
Paperback
$6.99 U.S./$8.50 Canada
384 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Desirée of Canterbury found herself in Hubert Kabayan’s custody after her parents realized they could not afford food or go on living with a child. Thanks to Hubert she learned the trade of pickpocketing and the art of being a great thief.

Nicholas Grimshaw has a job he does not always enjoy. He carries out the sentence of convicted criminals. His duties enlist using torture, hanging, putting them in stock or even making them attend church. As tax collector, he is hated by many.

Hubert is the one who taught Desirée to trade but now he has been charged with a murder and is being taken to be hanged. Normally he got out of tight situations but this time, he did not even attempt to put up a fight. Nicholas has a duty to administer execution to those found guilty of a crime. He is more interested in preventing crime then punishing it. He hates the fact that people believe he is uncaring and takes pleasure in dispensing justice. After Hubert is executed, Nicholas feels responsible to care for Desirée. She considered most lawmen crooked, but, in time, the decency of Nicholas rubs off on her and he makes her a better person. When Desirée steals something from him, Nicolas wonders can he trust her again, or will deception be their doom?

Danger’s Kiss has a fascinating storyline with interesting characters. I could get an in-depth feeling of the whole ambience of the area. The way Sarah McKerrigan fashions the character of Nicholas one cannot help but feel his plight. He really cares about those he must execute but for the public he must keep this appearance that he is a harsh man. Sometimes it is hard to decipher that some people who really have a terrible job really do not care for it. His sympathetic role is one that catches this reader’s eye. I love how he and Desirée find a way to put their different backgrounds together to bring out the good qualities in them in this intriguing tale.

Cherokee
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