A Kiss In The Moonlight is the first novel in The Gambler’s Daughters series by Cathy Maxwell. This is my first book by this author, and I had mixed feelings about the story. The writing was engaging, and I cared for the characters, yet sometimes I felt confused.
Dara and her sisters are destitute and devise a plan to go to London for a season to find Dukes to marry. Along the way, Dara meets Michael Brogan, a man who entices and infuriates her. Michael is successful if not titled and finds himself falling for Dara, not Elise, the younger sister who is infatuated with him.
I felt lost in the first few chapters of this book. We are introduced to three sisters: Dara, Gwendolyn, Elise, and their great aunt, Tweedie. This book is Dara’s story, yet there are several chapters at the beginning of the book from the point of view of Gwendolyn and a man named Steele. At first, I was confused about which sister was the main viewpoint. I understand what the author tried to do; however, I don’t think it worked.
I loved the characters of Michael, Dara, Gwendolyn, Steele, and Tweedie. I did not like Elise, she was too self-centered, and I had trouble relating to her. The bulk of this story focused on the vivid characters I enjoyed. The plot, once it started following Michael and Dara, was excellent. I especially enjoyed the last few chapters. The story flowed well and kept me interested.
There were captivating moments in this story. I loved the premise and writing, and I look forward to the next book. Sometimes it takes a little bit for a story to gain momentum, and this was one of those novels. When it did find its pace, the book was interesting, intriguing, and captivating.
Publication Date: March 28, 2023