And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke
Summary: Supremely sensible Emmaline Dove wishes to share her etiquette expertise with London's readers, and as secretary to Viscount Marlowe, Emma knows she's in the perfect position to make her dream come true. Marlowe might be a rake with a preference for can-can dancers and an aversion to matrimony, but he is also the city's leading publisher, and Emma is convinced he's her best chance to see her work in print...until she discovers the lying scoundrel has been rejecting her manuscripts without ever reading a single page!
As a publisher, Harry finds reading etiquette books akin to slow, painful torture. Besides, he can't believe his proper secretary has the passion to write anything worth reading. Then she has the nerve to call him a liar, and even resigns without notice, leaving his business in an uproar and his honor in question. Harry decides it's time to teach Miss Dove a few things that aren't proper. But when he kisses her, he discovers that his former secretary has more passion and fire than he'd ever imagined, for one luscious taste of her lips only leaves him hungry for more.
Review: Apparently, it is perfectly ok for a woman not to have any morals or to have too many morals and be divested of those morals with ease.
Seriously, these books (this one especially) act like there is something wrong with having morals. Morals are not something you should throw away over one damn guy who can kiss well. And why can't women ever seem to control themselves? Why is it that women go from virgins (why are they always virgins?) to enjoying sex in a really short period of time? Learn some self control! I certainly don't mind a woman questioning her morals and eventually sleeping with a man before marriage in romance books, but it has to be done well, like in The Devil's Waltz. Otherwise, it gets annoying and old quite quickly.
What I disliked most about Marlowe was his off hand remark about how he hired a woman to prove that a woman could do a job as well as a man. That was a nice thing he did, but he doesn't see any worth in Emma or any women for that matter. I don't know how lust goes to love with those two. I also find it hard to believe Marlowe wouldn't pay any attention to Emma in all the five years she worked for him. I was glad that Emma was able to grow as a person, but it shouldn't have taken a man to do all the work.
Recommendation: It's hard for me to recommend this book. If you can't get enough of rakes and tight laced spinsters, then you can give this book a read.