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Kissing the Kavalier by Annette Nauraine – Review by Emma Clawson

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Countess Zdenka Waldner dreams of a future on her ancestral farm, free of Viennese Society’s rules or expectations to marry. So what does she do? What any sensible female would do, pose as a man. This is a funny historical romance. I was laughing at the smallest detail because I could picture it in my head. The imagination runs wild with this novel.

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Kissing the Kavalier by Annette Nauraine – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved the story of Matteo and Zdenka . Historical Fiction books are out of my comfort, but this story really was fantastic. I love Zdenka’s character as she is a strong woman willing to help her family and the farm while also trying to help her sister Arabella to find a husband. The letters between Matteo and whom thinks is Arabella but in actuality is Zdenka make my heart swoon! Great Read and Highly recommended!

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Kissing the Kavalier by Annette Nauraine – Review by Jenique Bornman

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb caught my attention immediately and what followed kept my attention…..
I’ve recently started reading Historical Romance and I must say it might be one of my new favorite genres.
This thrope was also completely different than anything I’ve ever read. I love that Zdenka disguises herself as a man!!! Also it was a nice change of pace that it didn’t take place in US or England.
The characters are extremely well developed and the side stories also bring something extra to the book.
It was a bit ‘wordy’ for me that’s why I gave it 4 instead of 5 but it’s honestly just my opinion. I like shorter books

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Kissing the Kavalier by Annette Nauraine – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur .

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Zdenka Waldner is a Countess, her family live on a farm in the country, but unfortunately they are about to lose it all because of her father’s gambling debts, so the family decide to go to Vienna where her sister Arabella can début into society and hopefully find a handsome and rich husband who will help to solve all their problems. Matteo Von Ritter is Lieutenant with the Kavalier Regiment in the Austrian army and has just come back from the Battle of Königgratz where he and his regiment have been injured in a brutal battle and he is still recovering from his injuries when he attends his Aunts social event, he is only there to support her, but when he is introduced the the belle of the ball, suddenly things don’t seem as bad.

As Zdenka and Arabella prepare for another event in the social butterfly’s calendar, Zdenka is as usual dressed in men’s clothing and acting as Arabella’s chaperone as her younger brother, although maybe she is enjoying her freedom a little too much despite the pressure on them to find Arabella a good match before the final event of the season. As they approach their destination, they pass an elderly man on the stairs who trips, but they also see that a handsome soldier helps him back to his feet, at least there are some good people still in the world, unlike some of the suitors who are arrogant and only wanting of a pretty trophy to marry rather than a woman who has her own mind. That is until the hostess introduces the pair to her nephew who just happens to be the soldier from the staircase, Zdenka is quite taken with him, but it appears he is also quite taken, but not with her, much to her disappointment, with her sister. Meanwhile Matteo is trying his hardest to get through the event with his sanity in place, but the people are loud and obnoxious and albeit the music is pleasant, he feels the need to soothe himself with alcohol, that is until he meets the fair Arabella and makes her acquaintance. As the evening passes and he gets to know her a bit more, he is slightly annoyed at how her brother is always hovering, although he isn’t unpleasant to look at either which is disturbing to Matteo as he has never felt like that towards another male and this makes him even more uncomfortable, if that is even possible.

Later on Matteo speaks with his cousin and together they devise an elaborate plan for Matteo to show his interest in Arabella via her brother and so a scheme is started where Matteo will bond with Zdenka, in order to gain favour with her sister, however, as a friendship begins to blossom and they learn more about each other and what they want out of life, Zdenka to run her families farm and Matteo to help the veterans of war when nobody else will, Zdenka is realising that it is becoming harder to hide that she is not in fact male and add that to the fact that Matteo cannot abide lies and liars and she is both, but as letters begin to be exchanged, little does Matteo realise that he is actually conversing and falling in love with Zdenka and not Arabella.

Will Arabella and Zdenka’s elaborate hoax be discovered and what will this mean for them and the family farm, will they be able to save it, or will they lose the only home they have ever known? What will Matteo do when he finds out about the deception, will he accept the truth, or will this finally be the final straw which breaks his heart forever? This is a fabulous retelling of a famous opera, but with an alternate storyline which is as compelling as the original one.

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Kissing the Kavalier by Annette Nauraine – Review by Rebecca Hill

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Historic romance is one of my favorite types of books, and Kissing the Kavalier fell perfectly into this category. The story starts with Matteo fighting in the war. It is heart stopping reading about him and his men. Next you meet Zdenka and her sister Arabella. Arabella is tasked with marrying a wealthy man in her coming out Seasonin order to save her bankrupt family and their farm. With no money for another Season, Zdenka portrays herself as a male “Zdenko” and chaperones her sister. She never expected to meet the dashing and honorable Matteo who is suffering PTSD from the war. This is a wonderful love story about growing as a person and learning to trust other people. Will Arabella be able to save her family and marry for love? Can Matteo overcome the ghosts of his past and allow himself to love Zdenka? Will Zdenka give up some of her pride? Find out in Kissing the Kavalier!

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Kissing the Kavalier by Annette Nauraine – Review by Mirela Ruiz

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kissing the Kavalier by Annette Nauraine was a wonderful historical romantic read. I loved the attention to detail and the plot. There was classy romance and drama; which are my two favorite things in a historical romance. I loved Zdenka and related to her need to keep her life simple and run by her terms. I felt like I was following a television novella, everything was vivid and descriptive.

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Kissing the Kavalier by Annette Nauraine – Review by Chrissy Spulak

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you are a fan of historical romances and bold, independent heroines, then Kissing the Kavalier by Annette Nauraine is definitely for you. I am a sucker for a story full of history and culture, and this book earns 5 out of 5 stars from me. I seriously cannot recommend it any higher, and if I could give it higher than 5 stars, I would. Set in 1867 Vienna, this book is not only steamy and romantic, but contains many aspects that make it a great read. The characters are well-built and fleshed-out. The protagonist, Zdenka, disguises herself as a man in order to chaperone her sister during her quest to find a husband. Posing as Arabella’s brother, Zdenka finds herself falling in love with Lieutenant Matteo Von Ritter, a possible suitor for her sister. As a reader, I truly do appreciate that the chemistry between the characters is palpable, and that the entire story is addicting. I will be looking forward to new books from this author.

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Kissing the Kavalier by Annette Nauraine – Review by Katie Kearney

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kissing the Kavalier by Annette Nauraine. I’m starting to find my love for historical romances and this one definitely helped me love them even more. The characters drew me in right from the get go and I had so much fun being lost with them. To me a book that makes me forget the world around me is amazing and this story did just that. From page one I knew I was in for a great time and I loved every minute of it. This author knows how to keep readers engaged and loving the story that unfolds. The characters are complex and relatable. The storyline is well written and paced nicely never feeling rushed or lacking. Can’t wait to see where the author takes readers next. Four stars and highly recommended!

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Kissing the Kavalier by Annette Nauraine – Review by Erica Fish

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Annette Nauraine is a new author for me. I enjoyed this historical romance. The plotline is fresh and unique. Her characters are complex and full of energy. I felt myself living through Countess Zdenka. Her struggle is real. She has been deceiving everyone. She did not think that she would find love, but she was wrong. Now, what will she do? Is she going to lose the opportunity for love? I recommend reading this story for a historical romance mystery.

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Kissing the Kavalier by Annette Nauraine – Review by Krista Vaughan

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kissing the Kavalier by Annette Nauraine – Review by Krista Vaughan

A historical romance with a dashing Kavalier named Matteo, his love interest Arabella and her “brother” Zdenko. A sweet romance of love letters starts between Arabella and Matteo. Only Zdenko is the one answering love’s call. “Zdenko” is actually “Zdenka” and she is madly in love with Matteo. This sweet and exciting love triangle was a pleasure to read. If you love historical romance with strong female leads, I would highly recommend!

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