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IF IT'S IN HIS HEART... IT'S IN HIS KISS MEET OUR HERO... Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth's sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past... and the key to his future. The problem is—it's written in Italian, of which Gareth sp IF IT'S IN HIS HEART... IT'S IN HIS KISS MEET OUR HERO... Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth's sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past... and the key to his future. The problem is—it's written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word. MEET OUR HEROINE... All the ton agreed: there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She's fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken, and according to Gareth, probably best in small doses. But there's something about her—something charming and vexing—that grabs him and won't quite let go... MEET POOR MR. MOZART... Or don't. But rest assured, he's spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual—and annually discordant—Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth's every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other... and that there is nothing as simple—or as complicated—as a single, perfect kiss.


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IF IT'S IN HIS HEART... IT'S IN HIS KISS MEET OUR HERO... Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth's sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past... and the key to his future. The problem is—it's written in Italian, of which Gareth sp IF IT'S IN HIS HEART... IT'S IN HIS KISS MEET OUR HERO... Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth's sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past... and the key to his future. The problem is—it's written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word. MEET OUR HEROINE... All the ton agreed: there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She's fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken, and according to Gareth, probably best in small doses. But there's something about her—something charming and vexing—that grabs him and won't quite let go... MEET POOR MR. MOZART... Or don't. But rest assured, he's spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual—and annually discordant—Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth's every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other... and that there is nothing as simple—or as complicated—as a single, perfect kiss.

30 review for It's in His Kiss

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    4.5 stars Ummm SO FUN. I love how much Lady Danbury we got in here and how fun Hyacinth and Gareth were. I feel like we didn't know much about Hyacinth so far in the series, so this sort of felt a little disconnected from the rest of the series. This isn't a book I was dying for and we didn't really get a ton of the Bridgerton family other than Violet and Gregory and one scene with Daphne. Hyacinth and Gregory were so fun together and I loved their banter. What made this book, though, were all of 4.5 stars Ummm SO FUN. I love how much Lady Danbury we got in here and how fun Hyacinth and Gareth were. I feel like we didn't know much about Hyacinth so far in the series, so this sort of felt a little disconnected from the rest of the series. This isn't a book I was dying for and we didn't really get a ton of the Bridgerton family other than Violet and Gregory and one scene with Daphne. Hyacinth and Gregory were so fun together and I loved their banter. What made this book, though, were all of the scenes with Hyacinth, Gareth, and Lady Danbury. The banter, joking, and just overall love between those three was just adorable. I really loved how Gareth and Hyacinth really matched each other with their wit and banter. I enjoyed how they fell for each other and truly loved each other before wanting to get married. Like I said, though, this felt a little disconnected from the rest of the series and like it's own book, which made me miss the magic of the Brigdertons. But the romance was so adorable!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Al George

    Gareth yes! Series:Yes - one more and I'm done in Bridgertonville. Sniff. Sexy times: Couple of tame moments. No one is getting their freak on but there is plenty of of "Gareth more". Plan on reading more by the author: Yup - got to finish the series, don't I? Synopsis: This is Hyacinth's tale, oh she of the talented tongue which wields wordplay sharper than any sword. And because it's H's tale it's filled with witty, witty banter. Now H is fast approaching the shelf because she can outsmart near Gareth yes! Series:Yes - one more and I'm done in Bridgertonville. Sniff. Sexy times: Couple of tame moments. No one is getting their freak on but there is plenty of of "Gareth more". Plan on reading more by the author: Yup - got to finish the series, don't I? Synopsis: This is Hyacinth's tale, oh she of the talented tongue which wields wordplay sharper than any sword. And because it's H's tale it's filled with witty, witty banter. Now H is fast approaching the shelf because she can outsmart nearly any idiot of the ton and just runs those silly boys off. Enter Gareth who comes from the supposed loins of an arsehole of a father who is basically beggaring the barony (omg alliteration!). G gets a hint of secret jewels from his grandmother and he and H are off and running. Cue Lady Danbury (sp?) - and lord knows we all have lots of love for that woman and her cane. Wield it, woman, wield it! (Wield apparently being my word of the night.) Add in a side of Gregory that makes me quake in anticipation of the next book, and folks, we have an adventure and a love story so let's get it on. Heroine: Hyacinth. The brilliant. The beautiful. The wielder of sarcasm. The quick of wit. The brave. The adorable. The loving. Hero: Oh Gareth, yes. Yes. Yes. Equally brilliant. Equally witty. Equally wielding the sword of sarcasm. High-sterical. This is my kind of hero. Why it did or didn't work for me: So, you get that this worked, right? I mean what was there not to work? It's a book filled with wonderful sarcasm, funny lines, quotes abound and a love story this is absolute perfection. Be still my heart. Gareth is my new Keating. (Becca, if you read this review, you know who I mean!) Signed, I'm sure I don't know

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jiana

    4.5 Amazing news everyone: I am finally out of my 2 week slump. All thanks to this book. I just sat yesterday binging the last 250 pages in one sitting that I didn't realize I was up late at night for it. Did I care? No. The book was wonderful and it got me out of my slump which was literally putting me in hell, okay. Time to celebrate. I'm a huge fan of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series. I have been slowly reading through those books for 5 years. Yes, you read that right. I was taking my time with 4.5 Amazing news everyone: I am finally out of my 2 week slump. All thanks to this book. I just sat yesterday binging the last 250 pages in one sitting that I didn't realize I was up late at night for it. Did I care? No. The book was wonderful and it got me out of my slump which was literally putting me in hell, okay. Time to celebrate. I'm a huge fan of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series. I have been slowly reading through those books for 5 years. Yes, you read that right. I was taking my time with them. And now that I only have one book left out of this series, it actually makes me want to cry because I'm pretty attached to this family and the characters. I'm so in love with it and I'm 0% ready to let it go. Hyacinth Bridgerton was a fantastic heroine. She was adorable, out-spoken and so lovely! I loved her relationship development with Gareth, who by the way, is gorgeous and so swoon-worthy. They're adorable together. So much banter and so much cuteness. Whenever I'm in a need of a good dose of romance, I always go for historical romance. The romance here was just what I needed! “I am asking you to marry me because I love you,” he said, “because I cannot imagine living my life without you. I want to see your face in the morning, and then at night, and a hundred times in between. I want to grow old with you, I want to laugh with you, and I want to sigh to my friends about how managing you are, all the while secretly knowing I am the luckiest man in town.” “What?” she demanded. He shrugged. “A man’s got to keep up appearances. I’ll be universally detested if everyone realizes how perfect you are.” What's so amazing about this series is how funny it is. I found myself laughing out loud yesterday at how hilarious it was. I especially love the scenes that involve the family or the siblings getting together and Hyacinth and her brother, Gregory's friendship was super funny and I can't wait to read Gregory's story i.e. the last book (cue my tears). I just love how tight this family is. It warms my heart. I highly recommend this series if you are a fan of historical romance!

  4. 4 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    Thank heavens for Spring Cleaning! A year or so ago I began reading Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series and after devouring the first six books back to back, I set them aside and moved on to something else. Well here I am a year later and in the spirit of “Spring Cleaning,” I decided I’d catch up on those books that were just sitting on my shelves collecting dust, and that included the final two Bridgerton books. Gareth St. Clair is in a bind – that’s what the cover blurb tells us. Though I must admi Thank heavens for Spring Cleaning! A year or so ago I began reading Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series and after devouring the first six books back to back, I set them aside and moved on to something else. Well here I am a year later and in the spirit of “Spring Cleaning,” I decided I’d catch up on those books that were just sitting on my shelves collecting dust, and that included the final two Bridgerton books. Gareth St. Clair is in a bind – that’s what the cover blurb tells us. Though I must admit, the first time I read that I was sure it said, ‘Gareth St. Clair is blind,’ so imagine my confusion when his eyesight seemed perfectly fine to me. It’s not that I was wishing him any harm or ill will, but I was all ready to embrace him as a vulnerable hero who needed someone to shine brightly in his lonely, dark world. Well, clearly, it’s my eyesight that is lacking. Where was I? Oh, yes… Gareth St. Clair is in a bind, and they aren’t kidding! His mother, brother and paternal grandmother are all long since deceased, and his father hates him. He has only one person who loves him, and who he loves in return – his grandmother, the one and only Lady Danbury – who really did steal the show. Despite Gareth’s perfect eyesight, I really did adore him, and he truly was vulnerable, but in ways that aren’t quite so apparent. Hyacinth Bridgerton is such a funny young woman. Sweet, smart, outspoken… I really loved her character. And there was something else about her that just seemed so honest, and so real. I loved how she accepted her imperfect self, and in fact, embraced it! It’s In His Kiss was such a wonderful story. The glaring contrast between Hyacinth Bridgerton’s life and family, and that of Gareth St. Clair, made this at times heartwarming as well as heartbreaking, but leave it to the Bridgertons to look beyond titles and peerage, to see the worth of the person within, and embrace him. This was one of those books that’s the perfect combination of lighthearted and serious, and was an absolute delight to read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    I bounced on this for idiosyncratic reasons. I was mildly enjoying it for quite a bit. Hyacinth is a delight. She's smart and brave and willing to take chances, though she's a bit of a runner on the emotional front. I liked that she knows what she wants and isn't afraid to take active steps to get it and her relationship with Gareth's grandmother is outstanding. I admit that I've struggled with Gareth, though. I like every interaction with Hyacinth. I like that he appreciates and matches and enco I bounced on this for idiosyncratic reasons. I was mildly enjoying it for quite a bit. Hyacinth is a delight. She's smart and brave and willing to take chances, though she's a bit of a runner on the emotional front. I liked that she knows what she wants and isn't afraid to take active steps to get it and her relationship with Gareth's grandmother is outstanding. I admit that I've struggled with Gareth, though. I like every interaction with Hyacinth. I like that he appreciates and matches and encourages her. He's had a bad misstep, but he didn't know and couldn't have known how his post-first-kiss comment would have been taken. And he has recovered since then (though I'd have liked an actual resolution to that one, I'm happy how it shook out). But Gareth continually gives his evil father power over him. He's weak and ineffectual with the domineering jerk and I swear he loses a decade of maturity every time they interact. Yeah, some men hold onto pain like that but those are not admirable, or healthy for that matter, men. I cut out at about 60% when (view spoiler)[Gareth decides to use sex as a weapon to ensure Hyacinth is committed to him—to compromise her so that she cannot back out of marrying him. This is the basest of unilateral decision making and that it's motivated by his immaturity regarding his father makes it weak as well as evil. It's a betrayal of her agency and a cheapening of their connection (hide spoiler)] . So my casual dislike for him morphed to disdain with a side of disgust. And I just can't continue. I don't really care what Quinn does to redeem this, I'm just done with that guy. I know that's an unusually strong reaction for something that is a mistake by someone learning to be better. But I have zero tolerance for that kind of mistake and always have. And it's such a missed opportunity to enlist the Bridgertons on his behalf to combat his father. Why he didn't level with Anthony in the first place, I'll never know. Heck, his honor and training should have told him that not leveling with him was a severe breach of respect. Bah. I need to stop thinking about this. One star because Gareth is an immature idiot who gives his evil father free rent in his own head and makes a plan to betray Hyacinth in a base and cowardly way.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    You do have to love the Bridgertons. In book seven it is Hyacinth's turn to find romance in the person of Gareth St.Clair, long term rake, second son and at odds with his father. He does not sound like the best proposition on the town, but Hyacinth does not have a preference for any of the men she has met so far. This is really a fun series. It always revolves around the same family and the reader gets to know everyone well. Although this is Hyacinth's book her mother plays a big role, a couple o You do have to love the Bridgertons. In book seven it is Hyacinth's turn to find romance in the person of Gareth St.Clair, long term rake, second son and at odds with his father. He does not sound like the best proposition on the town, but Hyacinth does not have a preference for any of the men she has met so far. This is really a fun series. It always revolves around the same family and the reader gets to know everyone well. Although this is Hyacinth's book her mother plays a big role, a couple of her brothers get delightful cameos and even one of her sisters pops in for a visit. Gareth turned out to be a very likeable and worthy future husband and the whole thing was very entertaining. I think the next book must be the last since we only have one more Bridgerton to marry off. I will be sad when it is all over!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rane

    As the youngest of the very lively Bridgerton clan, Hyacinth has had to stand out and make herself heard. Coming across a overly outspoken and willing to outwit anyone, Hyacinth is starting to see there may be more to her mundane life and herself when in walks someone who not only can outwit her but can render her speechless! Gareth St.Clair and his father have been at odds for many years after he became the heir after his brother’s sudden death. Knowing out of sheer spite his father would rui As the youngest of the very lively Bridgerton clan, Hyacinth has had to stand out and make herself heard. Coming across a overly outspoken and willing to outwit anyone, Hyacinth is starting to see there may be more to her mundane life and herself when in walks someone who not only can outwit her but can render her speechless! Gareth St.Clair and his father have been at odds for many years after he became the heir after his brother’s sudden death. Knowing out of sheer spite his father would ruin his inheritance,then he’s given an old diary that holds many secrets in its pages, but it’s written in Italian, which he doesn’t speak. When Gareth finds himself thrown together with Hyacinth who happens to speak Italian, they find the answers they seek don’t lie with in the diary but with each other their love.. A simple and fun read, Hyacinth being the youngest really needed to stand out from the others of her family. She could be very charming and down right funny, but more often then not become annoying. She did show a great amount of maturity toward the end, but I also felt her always needing to be right or have the last word kinda rubbed me the wrong way. Gareth was a good lead, trying to be the spiteful son after his father’s harsh treatment of him. He was the one whom I felt grew up in the book. Finally coming to terms with himself and his past. The book breezed on by, both leads were good, but they weren’t memorable, they didn’t really pull me into their story. They were a cute couple, with a good steam level but nothing that really sparked my interest in either. The story was fun and had it’s witty moments, and if someone wanted a quick read this would be your book. The book is very predicable from start to finish, with no real surprises in between. The one happy surprise I did find, was a guest appearance of the infamous book Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron, which made another (bigger) appearance in another of JQ’s books. That book is still so bad it’s down right funny. Overall: a quick read, and something to pass the time with. Nothing heavy, or memorable, but simple and fun.

  8. 5 out of 5

    crίѕтίŋα•●♥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ♥●•

    4.5 delighted stars ❤️ "Eu daria tudo para ter mais uma pessoa por quem pudesse dar a minha vida." * “I would give the world to have one more person for whom I would lay down my life,” - Gareth St.Clair * * * Hyacinth percebeu que algumas coisas realmente surgiam como um relâmpago. Havia coisas que uma pessoa simplesmente sabia, sem ser capaz de as explicar. Porque naquele momento soube que se ia casar com aquele homem. Ninguém mais valeria a pena." * "Hyacinth realized that some things did come in a f 4.5 delighted stars ❤️ "Eu daria tudo para ter mais uma pessoa por quem pudesse dar a minha vida." * “I would give the world to have one more person for whom I would lay down my life,” - Gareth St.Clair * * * Hyacinth percebeu que algumas coisas realmente surgiam como um relâmpago. Havia coisas que uma pessoa simplesmente sabia, sem ser capaz de as explicar. Porque naquele momento soube que se ia casar com aquele homem. Ninguém mais valeria a pena." * "Hyacinth realized that some things did come in a flash. And there were some things one simply knew without possessing the ability to explain them. Because in that moment she knew that she was going to marry this man." No one else would do.” (Hyacinth Bridgerton) * * * "Quero que saibas que se eu pudesse, dar-te-ia o mundo." * “I did want you to know that if I could, I would give you the world.” - Gareth St.Clair

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    A sweet, low-angst book in the famous Bridgerton series. Not my favorite book (again, most of the male MCs are too controlling for my taste), but the light mystery and cute romance made me smile. goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog A sweet, low-angst book in the famous Bridgerton series. Not my favorite book (again, most of the male MCs are too controlling for my taste), but the light mystery and cute romance made me smile. goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    Sometimes it's hard for an author to maintain the momentum with a series of books. Thus far, the books have been all five star reads for me and, before starting this one, I sort of wondered would it make the five star mark. Not even sure why I thought that as I did adore Hyacinth in the previous books ... I adore ALL the Bridgertons ... no exceptions! GARETH ... HYACINTH ... She was sometimes vexing, occasionally infuriating but always entertaining. ... and Lady Danbury has a starring role in t Sometimes it's hard for an author to maintain the momentum with a series of books. Thus far, the books have been all five star reads for me and, before starting this one, I sort of wondered would it make the five star mark. Not even sure why I thought that as I did adore Hyacinth in the previous books ... I adore ALL the Bridgertons ... no exceptions! GARETH ... HYACINTH ... She was sometimes vexing, occasionally infuriating but always entertaining. ... and Lady Danbury has a starring role in this book. I adore her too. "Something important is always about to happen, my dear girl," Lady Danbury said. "And if not, you'd do well to act as if it were. You'll enjoy life better that way." “He didn’t know where the thought had come from, or what strange corner of his brain had come to that conclusion, because he was quite certain it would be nearly impossible to live with her, but somehow he knew that it wouldn’t be at all difficult to love her.” I end up swooning at the words that Julia Quinn puts forth in these books ... delicious morsels that make me so happy. Yes, the characters might have their ups and downs but one knows that, at the end of the day, there will be perfection ... "It's a lovely language, so melodious and smooth ..." It is a lovely language. Everything sounds better in Italian ... even my name. "Maura", so boring when everyone else says it but as soon as an Italian colleague says it, it becomes something completely different ... He pronounces it "Mowrrrra" ... rolls the "r" and one feels like the heroine in a romantic novel ... LOL (yes, losing the plot a bit here)! Of course we all know this series is coming on Netflix in the near future. I am a little bit wary... it is hard to transfer a favourite book to screen - one such example Matthew MacFayden as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (I will take Colin Firth, no problem) but whoever cast that dweeb McF needs to be fired ... A little bit of mystery and adventure added to the story ... and that Epilogue - every book should have an Epilogue! “‘If you want to know if a gentleman loves you,’ her mother said, ‘there is only one true way to be sure.’” Lady Danbury leaned forward. Even Hyacinth leaned forward, and she was holding the book. “‘It’s in his kiss,’ her mother whispered. ‘It’s all there, in his kiss.’”

  11. 4 out of 5

    Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου

    Τρίτη ανάγνωση και το λάτρεψα ξανά!!! (Η παρακάτω κριτική είναι από την πρώτη φορά που το διάβασα και δεν την αλλάζω) *************************************** “Gareth, yes? Or Gareth, no?” “Gareth, more” !!!!!!! I LOVED this book! Hyacinth is definitely a unique young woman and this story was exactly what I was expecting to read! Let’s be honest… Every man is scared of Hyacinth. She’s too honest for her own good and even more stubborn. She doesn’t settle on the second best choice and she prefers to Τρίτη ανάγνωση και το λάτρεψα ξανά!!! (Η παρακάτω κριτική είναι από την πρώτη φορά που το διάβασα και δεν την αλλάζω) *************************************** “Gareth, yes? Or Gareth, no?” “Gareth, more” !!!!!!! I LOVED this book! Hyacinth is definitely a unique young woman and this story was exactly what I was expecting to read! Let’s be honest… Every man is scared of Hyacinth. She’s too honest for her own good and even more stubborn. She doesn’t settle on the second best choice and she prefers to be friends with the most terrifying woman in London who is like a grandmother to her. I liked the way she was acting because she’s genuine. She knows that she has her faults and she accepts the reality. That’s why I believe that she’s one of the most interesting characters in this series. Gareth… What can I say about him? I adore him! He’s a notorious rake and a perfect match for Hyacinth. Everyone thinks that he just wants to have fun and seduce young women but that’s not true. It’s obvious that he’s sad because with the exception of his grandmother, he hasn’t anyone else to care about or care for him. He’s really smart and I was glad to see that at the end he realized what was truly important for him! A great story in an amazing series!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Exina

    Another favorite from the Bridgertons series! Just like An Offer From a Gentleman and To Sir Phillip, With Love, it is a sweet, light romance with lots of humor. I loved both Gareth and Hyacinth. All of their dialogues and scenes, especially the erotic ones, were fascinating. Even the Smythe-Smith performances were delightful with them. The appearances of Lady Danbury, Lady Bridgerton and Gregory make the novel even more enjoyable. It’s In His Kiss is a perfect Julia Quinn! My favorite quotes. Another favorite from the Bridgertons series! Just like An Offer From a Gentleman and To Sir Phillip, With Love, it is a sweet, light romance with lots of humor. I loved both Gareth and Hyacinth. All of their dialogues and scenes, especially the erotic ones, were fascinating. Even the Smythe-Smith performances were delightful with them. The appearances of Lady Danbury, Lady Bridgerton and Gregory make the novel even more enjoyable. It’s In His Kiss is a perfect Julia Quinn! My favorite quotes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    4.5 Another excellent edition to the Bridgerton saga. I just loved Hyacinth! If I were a Bridgerton... this is who I'd have been. Gareth St. Clair took a little time growing on me. But predictably, I did fall hard for him in the end. He was a good match for her. Although I have to admit that when I first read the the names of the characters, my very first thought was... those two names don't sound well together. Gareth and Hyacinth... They sound like lisping. And then... to my utter delight, her 4.5 Another excellent edition to the Bridgerton saga. I just loved Hyacinth! If I were a Bridgerton... this is who I'd have been. Gareth St. Clair took a little time growing on me. But predictably, I did fall hard for him in the end. He was a good match for her. Although I have to admit that when I first read the the names of the characters, my very first thought was... those two names don't sound well together. Gareth and Hyacinth... They sound like lisping. And then... to my utter delight, her brother Gregory mentioned this in the story. "Gregory!" "Well," he said with an affected sigh, "you have my approval at least." "Why?" Hyacinth asked suspiciously. "It would be an excellent match," he continued. "If nothing else, think of the children." She knew she'd regret it, but still she had to ask. "What children?" He grinned. "The lovely lithping children you could have together. Garethhhh and Hyacinthhhh. Hyathinth and Gareth. And the thublime Thinclair tots." What a delight this series has been. So, I may as well go for broke and move on to #8, Gregory's story. This character was probably mentioned the least in all the books. So I'm anxious to see where she takes him.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    I just realized one of my all-time favorites did not have a review! How did this happen?! I'm so ashamed. Gareth and Hyacinth are one of my all-time favorite match-ups because they are so NORMAL. They have opinions, they sometimes say the wrong thing, they have family troubles, and they know how to laugh at the absurd. Their chemistry felt so real...they felt so real. I never get tired of their first meeting. I never get tired of when Gareth suddenly realizes that life with Hyacinth may be just wha I just realized one of my all-time favorites did not have a review! How did this happen?! I'm so ashamed. Gareth and Hyacinth are one of my all-time favorite match-ups because they are so NORMAL. They have opinions, they sometimes say the wrong thing, they have family troubles, and they know how to laugh at the absurd. Their chemistry felt so real...they felt so real. I never get tired of their first meeting. I never get tired of when Gareth suddenly realizes that life with Hyacinth may be just what he wants. And I never get tired of reading their second epilogue where after 20 years they still love and laugh and truly understand each other. I've re-read this book countless times and at one point, I had two copies of it. It is magic every time I read it. JQ will always have a special place in my heart for giving me this story. I never get enough of it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ♥Sharon♥

    “I would give the world to have one more person for whom I would lay down my life.” “It’s in His Kiss” is Hyacinth Bridgerton’s story of finding love. Being very particular about her match, one might think she’d never find it. God knows her family thought so. You see Hyacinth was no shrinking violet but rather a tough cookie. She always had something to say and was a very curious lady. Always poking about wanting to know what was going on. So when Gareth St. Clair paid a visit to her brot “I would give the world to have one more person for whom I would lay down my life.” “It’s in His Kiss” is Hyacinth Bridgerton’s story of finding love. Being very particular about her match, one might think she’d never find it. God knows her family thought so. You see Hyacinth was no shrinking violet but rather a tough cookie. She always had something to say and was a very curious lady. Always poking about wanting to know what was going on. So when Gareth St. Clair paid a visit to her brother Anthony the Viscount to let him know of his intent to marry Hyacinth, Anthony’s response was “thank you, Lord”. Of course he gave his blessing. LOL I loved these two together. I’m not sure if their meeting was completely a planned event but Lady Danbury certainly gave her approving nudge. Gareth was her grandson and oh how she adored him. The thought of a match with Hyacinth thrilled her. What unfolds between Gareth and Hyacinth will warm your heart. It sure did mine! ❤’d their moments - good and bad. ❤’d the moments between Hyacinth and her mother Violet. ❤’d the moments between Hyacinth and Lady D. ❤’d the moment Gareth realized he loved her. To quote him it came out as “I love you, you idiot woman.” LOL She was maddening, frustrating and never knew when to stop talking and he still loved her. Now if that isn’t true love then I don’t know what is. ❤’d the second Epilogue too. I have very much enjoyed this series and I will be sad when I reach the end. Only one more book to go. Looking forward to Gregory’s story. We get a bit more of him in this one. Seems to be a funny character. I wonder what Julia has in store for him.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Loves Reading

    This one, to me, is quintessential Quinn. It has a simple plot with great characters- love Hyacinth, Garth, Lady Danbury. It is satisfying and lovely. Here’s how I would order the books based on my preference after rereading: To Sir Phillip, With Love The Viscount Who Loved Me When He Was Wicked It’s In His Kiss The Duke and I —— ————— Romancing Mr, Bridgerton An Offer From a Gentleman On the Way to the Wedding (still need to reread this so it could move up a space or two but very likely remains in the This one, to me, is quintessential Quinn. It has a simple plot with great characters- love Hyacinth, Garth, Lady Danbury. It is satisfying and lovely. Here’s how I would order the books based on my preference after rereading: To Sir Phillip, With Love The Viscount Who Loved Me When He Was Wicked It’s In His Kiss The Duke and I —— ————— Romancing Mr, Bridgerton An Offer From a Gentleman On the Way to the Wedding (still need to reread this so it could move up a space or two but very likely remains in the bottom 3). The line is for the top and bottom tier separator. Top tier are books I can read and read again any day of the week. Bottom tier are books that I have no desire to reread unless part of a challenge (like reading a series). The orders have changed some in this reread but the tiers have not.

  17. 5 out of 5

    ❦ jazmin

    “If you want to know if a gentleman loves you, her mother said, there is only one true way to be sure. It’s in his kiss, her mother whispered. It’s all there, in his kiss.” OH MY GOD THIS BOOK EXCEEDED ALL EXPECTATIONS I HAD FOR HYACINTH’S STORY. I ALSO THINK IT’S MY FAVOURITE BOOK IN THIS SERIES, WHICH I DIDN’T EXPECT AT ALL! ALSO HOW ON EARTH DID I READ THIS SO FAST?? What an amazing book! I had obviously been waiting for Hyacinth’s story for a while, and she did not disappoint one bit. She “If you want to know if a gentleman loves you, her mother said, there is only one true way to be sure. It’s in his kiss, her mother whispered. It’s all there, in his kiss.” OH MY GOD THIS BOOK EXCEEDED ALL EXPECTATIONS I HAD FOR HYACINTH’S STORY. I ALSO THINK IT’S MY FAVOURITE BOOK IN THIS SERIES, WHICH I DIDN’T EXPECT AT ALL! ALSO HOW ON EARTH DID I READ THIS SO FAST?? What an amazing book! I had obviously been waiting for Hyacinth’s story for a while, and she did not disappoint one bit. She was headstrong, unafraid of getting what she wanted, and just an amazing character all around! Finally reading about her was so entertaining and made suffering through so many female characters who would never speak their minds worth it because she made up for it a hundred times over. “I’m impressed,” Hyacinth said, peering back out the window. “You’re impressed by strange things,” he said, brushing himself off. “Anyone can bring flowers,” she said with a shrug. “Are you saying all a man needs to do to win your heart is scale a building?” She looked back out the window. “Well, he’d have to do a bit more than this. Two stories, at the very least.” Gareth! I didn’t have many expectations for his character since I obviously had no idea who he was before this book, but he was such a great character! He was the perfect balance of reserved and outspoken, and seeing him work towards placing his love for Hyacinth before his hatred for his father was fantastic. Gareth turned to Gregory. “Your sister will be safe with me,” he said. “I give you my vow.” “Oh, I have no worries on that score,” Gregory said with a bland smile. “The real question is—will you be safe with her?” I really really enjoyed the plot of this book. (I feel like I have to mention that because I hated the plot of some of the other Bridgerton books.) I loved how Hyacinth and Gareth an actual goal to accomplish rather than the only plot line of the book being their relationship like some other books in this series! I also adored how much we got to see of Ms. Danbury and Lady Bridgerton. Also, can I just say, I think this book made me laugh more than any other book in the series! Hyacinth was hilarious, and her and Gareth’s banter was just so funny. ALSO, IF YOU READ THIS BOOK BUT NOT THE 2ND EPILOGUE, READ IT! IT WAS AMAZING! *4.5 MY BLOG <3 MY SPOTIFY <3

  18. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    Reread. It was a funny, sweet and fun read. Love a spunky heroine. Not my favorite of the series but still very good compared to what we have out there now for historical romances.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Book Wonderland

    “‘If you want to know if a gentleman loves you, there is only one true way to be sure.’” “‘It’s in his kiss, It’s all there, in his kiss.’” I liked Gareth, he was a wonderful hero to this story and Hyacinth is my favorite out of the female Bridgertons. I loved the idea of the diary and the treasure hunting parts! I loved everything except the end...(view spoiler)[I wanted them to find the treasure (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]> “‘If you want to know if a gentleman loves you, there is only one true way to be sure.’” “‘It’s in his kiss, It’s all there, in his kiss.’” I liked Gareth, he was a wonderful hero to this story and Hyacinth is my favorite out of the female Bridgertons. I loved the idea of the diary and the treasure hunting parts! I loved everything except the end...(view spoiler)[I wanted them to find the treasure (hide spoiler)]

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    I'm so glad that I read Hyacinth's story for last because if I had read Gregory's the ending of the series would have left me with bad taste in my mouth. This way instead I regained my love for this series! Hyacinth and Gareth are perfect for each other! Hyacinth is fantastic with her quick wit and her intelligence. She's afraid of nothing! Her plain speaking was a joy to read! Gareth is great too. I loved how Hyacinth make him crazy! LOL And what to say about Lady D? WOW, just WOW! Her and Hyacint I'm so glad that I read Hyacinth's story for last because if I had read Gregory's the ending of the series would have left me with bad taste in my mouth. This way instead I regained my love for this series! Hyacinth and Gareth are perfect for each other! Hyacinth is fantastic with her quick wit and her intelligence. She's afraid of nothing! Her plain speaking was a joy to read! Gareth is great too. I loved how Hyacinth make him crazy! LOL And what to say about Lady D? WOW, just WOW! Her and Hyacinth meetings were highly entertaining! I laugh out loud! A great, fun, truly enjoyable book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eastofoz

    Hmm, didn’t really like this Bridgerton story. I was looking forward to a real firecracker of a heroine with Hyacinth Bridgerton, but I thought her character was watered down compared to how she was described in the previous novels as this very independent minded I go my own way kind of heroine. She reminded me of Colin in that the character was somewhat of a letdown once their story was told. Hyacinth ends up meeting Gareth St Clair at the annual Smythe-Smith musicale, a Bridgerton staple event Hmm, didn’t really like this Bridgerton story. I was looking forward to a real firecracker of a heroine with Hyacinth Bridgerton, but I thought her character was watered down compared to how she was described in the previous novels as this very independent minded I go my own way kind of heroine. She reminded me of Colin in that the character was somewhat of a letdown once their story was told. Hyacinth ends up meeting Gareth St Clair at the annual Smythe-Smith musicale, a Bridgerton staple event (where the reader knows they’re going to get a good laugh or two) and things start off well. She offers to help him translate an old Italian diary that’s been in his family for years because he doesn’t want to give it to anyone in case his father gets his hands on it. The story starts off well enough but then it just fizzles into what you know is going to be one of those annoying “adventures” where there’s less focus on the romance. Even the steam is on the dullish side. I’m not a fan of silly caper romances and this one went too far with that particular theme turning it into something dumb when Quinn usually does something smart with her novels. The relationship between Hyacinth and Gareth was mediocre at best and they often felt like friends instead of lovers. Some of the other members of the Bridgerton clan show up from previous books giving the series the familiarity that readers look for and there were also more parts with Gregory that were hilarious –that kind of brother and sister non-stop jabbing. Lady Danbury also has a more prominent role in the story and she’s a riot with her sharp tongue. As usual Quinn’s writing style is top notch but I thought the story itself didn’t come together as well as her other ones. It was missing some pizzazz to set it apart from the typical romance novel. If you liked the first two stories in the Bridgerton series you’ll likely enjoy this one because they’re along the same tone. I preferred the more original/different ones in between. It has it's good parts giving it a weak 4 star rating but it's not as good as Julia Quinn normally can do.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    Gareth St. Clair is in a predicament. His father hates him and is determined to ruin and begger the St. Clair estate and properties. His only living family member who loves him is his maternal grandmother, Lady Agatha Danbury. Picture his surprise when his brother willed his paternal grandmother's (Isabella Marinzeli St. Clair) diary. The only problem is it's written in Italian. Enter Hyacinth Bridgerton, the youngest Bridgerton daughter. Her mother, Violet, is at her wit's end trying to get thi Gareth St. Clair is in a predicament. His father hates him and is determined to ruin and begger the St. Clair estate and properties. His only living family member who loves him is his maternal grandmother, Lady Agatha Danbury. Picture his surprise when his brother willed his paternal grandmother's (Isabella Marinzeli St. Clair) diary. The only problem is it's written in Italian. Enter Hyacinth Bridgerton, the youngest Bridgerton daughter. Her mother, Violet, is at her wit's end trying to get this daughter to marry. Hyacinth is smart, sarcastic, and out-spoken. She wants to marry, but marry for love. Hyacinth reads to Lady Danbury ever Tuesday. When Gareth brings the diary to Lady Danbury for help finding a trustworthy translator, they discover that Hyacinth speaks and reads some Italian. He decides to have her translate the diary. This brings Gareth and Hyacinth into close association and their attraction sparks. Between their sarcasm and wit, the banter is funny and delightful. Hyacinth discovers a secret which might get Gareth out of a bind. Can they find the secret without Gareth's father finding out? What other secrets will Isabella's diary reveal? I love the Bridgerton family. There are eight children, each with their own story. I have enjoyed the stories and I look forward to reading the last book, Gregory's story. The characters are well-rounded and personable. This reader became wrapped up in their lives. It's nice having the Bridgerton siblings show up in the story. The plot and subplots are predictable; however, they keeps the reader turning pages to solve the mysterious secrets and reach the happily-ever-after. There are two epilogues, which is original for this story. Steamy love scenes are present in this novel.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    Reading to myself and smiling like a fool! What an adorable couple! Some of my favorite scenes: The poetry recital that included a unicorn. Their banter is so cute! The sneaking out to search for the jewels when Gareth realizes that, for the first time, he is "the more sensible one of the duo". I love that Hyacinth surprised him. When Gregory was teasing his sister mercilessly. The lisping part was funny, but his little jabs during the tea was so brother-like. Made me miss my brother. Her embroidery Reading to myself and smiling like a fool! What an adorable couple! Some of my favorite scenes: The poetry recital that included a unicorn. Their banter is so cute! The sneaking out to search for the jewels when Gareth realizes that, for the first time, he is "the more sensible one of the duo". I love that Hyacinth surprised him. When Gregory was teasing his sister mercilessly. The lisping part was funny, but his little jabs during the tea was so brother-like. Made me miss my brother. Her embroidery! Lol! It started as a flower, she messed it up, then turned it into a chick, messed it up, and decided to turn it into a cat. Throughout the whole book, I just loved this couple. They are so witty and fun. I totally want them as our couple-best-friends.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

    Glad to be finishing this series... not my favorite but not that bad either...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Midniteillusion (Desiree)

    I think this is my new favorite in this series. I was ready for adventure from the get go and these two had it. I truly enjoyed Hyacinth, she had amazing energy, was smart, funny, witty, and she was also willing to learn and grow when faults were pointed out to her. Lady Danbury is always a hoot, so I’m very glad she played a prominent role in this book. I’d love to read a book written by her and Hyacinth. This was a great return to the series after two disappointing books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Korrie’s Korner

    Gareth & Hyacinth forever! “Grant me one favor,” he said softly, “and don’t say a word.” And then He kisses her.. I loved everything about this story! The mystery. The intrigue. Friends to lovers. Gareth & Hyacinth were perfectly matched in every way, even if it took Gareth a little longer to see it. Gareth, never really belonging to anyone, deserved his happy ending, and boy was it sweet. This quote made my heart squeeze: “I would give the world to have one more person for whom I would lay down my Gareth & Hyacinth forever! “Grant me one favor,” he said softly, “and don’t say a word.” And then He kisses her.. I loved everything about this story! The mystery. The intrigue. Friends to lovers. Gareth & Hyacinth were perfectly matched in every way, even if it took Gareth a little longer to see it. Gareth, never really belonging to anyone, deserved his happy ending, and boy was it sweet. This quote made my heart squeeze: “I would give the world to have one more person for whom I would lay down my life,” he said. I love everything about Hyacinth Bridgerton’s character! She was an adventurer, and spoke her mind with such ease. It was easy to see how anyone could fall hard for her. I love how she had a revelation about Gareth early on, and didn’t let go of it. “Because in that moment she knew that she was going to marry this man. No one else would do.” When you know, you know. This story was just so amazingly perfect.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sam (AMNReader)

    Another winner I guess. I felt particularly connected to these two...

  28. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness

    http://shamelessromancereviews.blogsp... Meet our Hero Lady Danbury's grandson is none other than the nortorious Gareth St. Clair. Although it proberly wasnt entirely his fault that he gained such a wicked reputation. There were plenty of other men who behaved with equal lack of propriety and more than a few who were as handsome as sin, but Gareth St. Clair was the only one who manged to combine the two with such success. Meet our Herione Hyacinth Bridgerton. The youngest and the last Bridgert http://shamelessromancereviews.blogsp... Meet our Hero Lady Danbury's grandson is none other than the nortorious Gareth St. Clair. Although it proberly wasnt entirely his fault that he gained such a wicked reputation. There were plenty of other men who behaved with equal lack of propriety and more than a few who were as handsome as sin, but Gareth St. Clair was the only one who manged to combine the two with such success. Meet our Herione Hyacinth Bridgerton. The youngest and the last Bridgerton daughter to remain unwed. At twenty two she is smart, out spoken and according to the ton - proberly best in small doses. IT'S IN HIS KISS is a delightful romp for Gareth and Hyacinth. It's filled with many witty and sassy moments and the wonderful bantering that has become Julia Quinn's trademark. Lady Danbury is an amazing character, we get to see alot more of her in this novel -- she is a classic character with a dry sense of humor. You can't help but love her. The only down side of the story is that I was a little confused by the ending in the epilogue. There is an uncertain event that is pivotal to the mystery and readers are left ... well, dangling. Whatever the meaning of the ending is, it has created quite a stir in everyone I have spoken to. IT'S IN HIS KISS is the seventh novel featuring the Bridgerton family -- the last son, Gregory, is the star of the next book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    After crying my way through When He Was Wicked, I was more than grateful for the easy laughs and fun hijinks of It’s in His Kiss. Hyacinth was a marvelous heroine, full of wit and mirth. And just like I’ve said many times before, the entire Bridgerton family were what made the book special. I’m still dying over Anthony’s reaction to Gareth asking him for Hyacinth’s hand in marriage. Surprisingly though, I was not as invested in Hyacinth and Gareth’s romance as I expected to be. I did believe that After crying my way through When He Was Wicked, I was more than grateful for the easy laughs and fun hijinks of It’s in His Kiss. Hyacinth was a marvelous heroine, full of wit and mirth. And just like I’ve said many times before, the entire Bridgerton family were what made the book special. I’m still dying over Anthony’s reaction to Gareth asking him for Hyacinth’s hand in marriage. Surprisingly though, I was not as invested in Hyacinth and Gareth’s romance as I expected to be. I did believe that they had made a connection and shared a lot of enjoyable moments together, such as all their banterings and any scene they had with Gareth’s grandmother, Lady Danbury. It just never read as love to me. My biggest gripe was the way Gareth purposely set out to seduce Hyacinth for the sole reason that even if/when she found out about his technical illegitimacy, she’d still have to marry him and in effect, took the choice away from her. It was quite the douchey move even though I don’t think Gareth meant to be cruel, he still should have told her the truth instead. Love is honesty. But he did scale a wall for her, TWICE, so he was not without his charms I suppose. Overall, this was an enjoyable read but after the highs of Francesca’s book, it didn’t quite measure up to my expectations.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    An impoverished rake of the first order, a damsel with unimpeachable virtue and a fortune lost in the annals of time. What more could you want? Add a scheming grandmother into the mix and the whole of the Bridgerton family and well . . . really what more could you want? Throw in a dash of mystery and you have the perfect formula for a delightful romance. When I grow up I want to be Lady D.

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