Review by Lucy of Queen of Contemporary.
I'm always on the look out for a good historical book and so from the moment I heard about Smuggler's Kiss, I knew I had to add it to my wishlist.
When Isabelle is saved from drowning by smugglers on board The Invisible, she can't believe what she's got herself into. After all, these are no gentlemen. But will a life of crime hold an attraction when Isabelle meets a certain smuggler in particular?
As historical fiction is one of my favourite genres, I always have high expectations. I must add that this book exceeded them.
I loved all of the characters but had a few favourites. Someone that I was particularly fond of was Jacob. He was a very fatherly figure and essentially saw Isabelle as a daughter figure, as his own daughter had died.
Throughout the novel we see Isabelle transform. If you were to compare the Isabelle at the start of the novel to the one at the end then the change would be evident. Once she had come to terms with her situation, she was actually quite charismatic and caring.
Marie-Louise Jensen always creates love interests that make me want to jump in a time machine and meet them. Will was no exception. I liked him right from the start and even though he could be quite cruel, I could see reasons behind his actions. I liked learning about the different crew members as they were very true to real life.
This is definitely one of my favourite of Marie-Louise Jensen's books. It is factual and fun and I would recommend it to any history lover!
Smuggler's Kiss by Marie-Louise Jensen
Oxford University Press