The Secret Kiss of Darkness

Published Date: February 7, 2014


Available in Paperback, an eBook, audio download, audio CD and large print


2016 Finalist for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award!

320 pages


Reviewer's Choice AwardMust forbidden love end in heartbreak?

Kayla Sinclair knows she’s in big trouble when she almost bankrupts herself to buy a life-size portrait of a mysterious eighteenth century man at an auction.

Jago Kerswell, innkeeper and smuggler, knows there is danger in those stolen moments with Lady Eliza Marcombe, but he’ll take any risk to be with her.

Over two centuries separate Kayla and Jago, but, when Kayla’s jealous fiancé presents her with an ultimatum, and Jago and Eliza’s affair is tragically discovered, their lives become inextricably linked thanks to a gypsy’s spell.

Kayla finds herself on a quest that could heal the past, but what she cannot foresee is the danger in her own future.

Will Kayla find heartache or happiness?

Book 2 in the Shadows from the Past Series and prequel to The Soft Whisper of Dreams

Available in paperback, an eBook, audio download, audio CD and in large print  in most English speaking countries plus online bookstores. Ebooks available on all the major platforms..

Christina Courtenay

ChristinaCourtenayBooksAug12RDChristina lives in Hereford and is married with two children. Although born in England she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, the family moved to Japan where she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East.

Christina’s debut Trade Winds was short listed for the 2011 Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Pure Passion Award for Best Historical FictionThe Scarlet Kimono won the 2011 Big Red Reads Best Historical Fiction AwardHighland Storms (in 2012) and The Gilded Fan (in 2014) won the Best Historical Romantic Novel of the year award and The Silent Touch of Shadows won the 2012 Best Historical Read Award from the Festival of Romance. Christina is Chairman of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Single Titles
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    Singe Titles

    …A fantastic time-slip novel that continues to cement Christina Courtenay’s position as one of the most exciting writers of romantic fiction writing today, The Secret Kiss of Darkness is another first-rate read readers will not want to miss!

    Reviewed by Julie for Single Titles.

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  2. Long & Short Reviews
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    Long & Short ReviewsI loved this book. At first I thought it would be another time travel or love across the ages, but the neat seams between the past and the present, the story of Jago and Eliza entwined with Kayla’s life in the present – all this kept me reading avidly from beginning to end.

    I have to admit I originally started reading this book because I like Choc Lit books, but in future I will also look out for more books by Christina Courtenay. She has the ability to draw me into the story and keep me there, eagerly awaiting the next chapter and following the lives of people many years apart. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Loved it.

    Reviewed by Orchid, Long & Short Reviews.

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  3. Historical Novel Society
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    Christina Courtenay tells a great story with writing that is easy to read and sits in each time frame snugly; it skips along at a great pace and keeps the reader entertained. The chapters are not too long; the dialogue is concise and descriptions extremely vivid. She adds broken engagements, fortune-telling, stately homes, handsome men and plenty of twists and turns to make it a compelling and engrossing read.
    It is romance, history and fantasy combined: well recommended.

    Reviewed by Barbara at the Historical Novel Society. Read the full review here…

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