Once Upon A Kiss

Once Upon A Kiss

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Passion, magic, love, and enchantment combine in a quartet of original love stories by four leading romance authors, featuring Nora Roberts's A World Apart, Impossible by Jill Gregory, Sealed with a Kiss by Ruth Ryan Langan, and Marianne Willman's Kiss Me, Kate.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, [2002]
Edition: Jove ed
ISBN: 9780515133868
0515133868
Branch Call Number: ONCE UPON A
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 18 cm

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abkeller Nov 25, 2012

Like glistening jewels in a lovely golden crown, these four short romances form a dazzling collection. In A World Apart, a lovely Demon Slayer arrives in modern day New York. Kadra hunts the Bok, horrible creatures who devour human flesh, in the bowels of the Subway, where a new Bok leader has just established his lair. Aided by Harper Doyle, a private investigator, Kadra learns about love on Earth and the one man she desires to keep by her side.

In Impossible, the tale of Romeo and Juliet finds new expression. Erinn of Marlbury is proclaimed to be a powerful witch, a woman with the power to defeat Duke Tynon of Bordmoor. Unfortunately, the truth is that Erinn’s powers are somewhat lacking and often sporadic. When Bordmoor keep falls under a terrible spell, Tynon infiltrates Erinn’s home and spirits her away, demanding that she restore Bordmoor to its former glory. However, the keep seems to be under some kind of enchantment - Tynon cannot get back inside and the inhabitants cannot get out. Although the keep is in ruin, it reappears briefly each day, bringing with it the haunting image of a dark-haired woman weeping. Who is the strange woman and how can they help her? If Erinn cannot break the spell, who can? Perhaps, by working together, Erinn and Tynon can restore peace to their peoples, allowing their love to blossom.

Sealed With A Kiss finds beautiful Arianna promised to the laird of lairds, an elderly leader of a neighboring warrior clan. Lachlan MacLean, his nephew, comes to bring Arianna to her bridegroom, but Arianna is difficult to manage. Hoping to soil her reputation enough to be returned to her family, Arianna tricks Lachlan into a compromising situation. Unfortunately, she only makes him angry and increases their attraction for each other. At last resigned to her fate, Arianna pleads for one last night alone by the shores of an enchanted loch, her final night of freedom. When Lachlan finds her there, he can no longer resist Arianna’s charms. How can Lachlan and Arianna continue on, knowing what a sweet gift they are throwing away? It would take a miracle and perhaps a father’s love for them to find a way to be together.

Finally, in Kiss Me, Kate, Kate Singleton inherits Frogsmere, an intriguing estate in East Sussex. Agatha Culpepper’s estate is everything that Kate has ever dreamed of. Filled with wonderful books, old furniture and even a somewhat determined young frog, Frogsmere seems to be the perfect place to continue writing Agatha’s last manuscript. Michael Bellamy, the master of King’s Meadow, rescues Kate following a car accident and their attraction for each other only grows over the passing days. Nevertheless, Agatha’s previous agreement with Michael about the disposition of the mansion and the lands surrounding it may impact everything, throwing Kate and Michael at loggerheads. All seems lost until a little magic and a determined frog’s kiss enlighten Kate to the true magic behind her new home and the enduring promise of true love.

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