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Libertine's Kiss by Judith James

"Libertines Kiss," by Judith James, is a romantic historical with elements of other genres. The protagonist, based on Earl of Rochester John Wilmot (played by Johnny Depp in 'The Libertine') is a cynical poet haunted by his past. A complicated young woman wins his attention, but he must first overcome his past to move forward with the present. There are quotes from Wilmot's satirical poetry throughout the book, which helps set the tone of the story. James does an excellent job taking the reader to 17th century England, and she has a knack for pacing the story with the perfect balance of crescendo, tension, and climax. She also writes some very steamy yet tasteful sex scenes. If you like romantic historicals (especially those with steamy scenes), I would highly recommend this book to you.

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