Saturday, September 13, 2014

Review of A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie Jordan

This is the start of a new series for Sophie and the first book is a winner.  This is a quintessential historical romance.  The characters are strong, memorable, with a great plot that keeps you entralled until the end.  It has romance, laughter and a lovely love story, and a wicked step mother. 

The tortured hero, Declan, disowned by his father becomes a bad boy who doesn't follow the fules.  Roasalie, the neglected young lady who has no where else to go and winds up on Declan's doorstep.  And so it begins.

This novel was well paced with lots of surprises and suspense to satisfy any reader.  I like Sophie Jordan and cannot wait for the next book, hopefully about Max and Aurelia.

Friday, September 12, 2014

ARC Review of The Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda Neville

Another great read by Miranda Neville.  This is the conclusion of the Wild Quartet series and I really enjoyed this book.  I have been waiting with great anticipation for Julian's story and I was not disappointed.  Some readers said that they didn't like Julian.  In Lady Windermere's Lover he is not portrayed as a nice guy, but you have to look deeper into the story to understand the reasons.  Miranda is a master at character development.  

Juilian made a a mistake when he was younger and it has shaped the person he has become.  As the story develops you see the transformation his character makes and you care what happens to him.

Jane is a stong woman who is out to find the villain who betrayed her family and kill him.  All she knows is his name, Mr. Fortescue.  She takes a position as governess to three young ladiea who's guardian is Julian Forescue, now the Duke of Denford to gain access to his household and try to find the relative who killed her family.  Little does she know that the man she is looking for is actually Julian.

This story is full of strong emotional chracters, an enchanting love story and a very satisfying ending.  I have read all of Miranda's books and would recommend them to everyone who loves Historical Romance.  Keep them coming Miranda!!!

Received ARC copy for honest review.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review of The Black Rose Trilogy by Renee Bernard

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The Black Rose Trilogy

Review of Lady Falls, Lady Rises and Lady Truimphs by Renee Bernard

First let me say that this is a unique way to write a story.  Three books that tell the life story of Raven Wells, a young woman who starts life in Lady Falls as an orphan.  The first book is about lost innocence, revenge and betrayal.  Renee's writing is emotionally charged and beautifully written.  Her characters have such depth you get lost in her stories.  Raven is sweet and innocent and does not know that her guardian is using her to get revenge on a man who he hates.  Of course when Raven and Phillip meet they fall for each other and her guardian The Earl of Trent gets his revenge.  You have to read the book to find out how.

Lady Rises starts years after the first book ends and tells the story of how Raven has overcome the devasting betrayal and become a woman of strength and power.  She now helps other women who have been abused and betrayed by the men in their lives.  Just when she thinks she has sealed her heart away for good, Phillip reenters her life.  She is no longer the naive innocent girl she used to be, but she realizes that she still has feelings for him and they start an affair.

Lady Truimphs begins with Raven and Phillip together.  Phillip realizes how much Raven has changed and he wants to make her his wife and live happily ever after.  Raven has other plans.  She is finally ready to get her revenge on The Earl of Trent.  She will not be disssuaded from destroying him and Phillip has to promise no to interfere.  Raven is smart, strongwilled and will not rest until The Earl of Trent pays for what he did to her and Phillip.  I will not spoil the rest of the plot, you have to read this story from the beginning in Lady Falls to Lady Rises, and to the climatic end in Lady Truimphs.

Renee keeps you guessing in Lady Truimphs, you don't get to know what Raven is planning until it actually happens.  It is Brilliant!!!  I loved all three of these books and now that all three have been released, you can read them one right after the other.  Renee is a bright star in the world of Historical Roamance and I would highly recommend everything she writes.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Interview and Cover Reveal for A Scoundrel by Moonlight
 with Anna Campbell

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Hi Jaci! Thank you for having me as your guest today. 

What was your first writing project?

When I was in third grade, I’d decided I wanted to be a writer like Enid Blyton so I started
a novel that was a shameless imitation of the great Enid. It was called The Rochedale 
Mystery (at the time, I was devoted to a series of EB mysteries which all had places starting 
with ‘R’ in the title) and it was about horsenapping. At the time, horses were my other great 
obsession. I didn’t finish The Rochedale Mystery, which given copyright law is probably a 
good thing. The first novel I finished was a medieval romance set in the Hundred Years War 
in France that I wrote between high school and university. It’s still under the bed! Which is 
definitely where it should stay. 

If you could be one of your heroines, who would you choose?

Actually I really like Penelope Thorne from What a Duke Dares. I love her generosity of spirit 
and her steadfast heart. And hey, she gets to marry a sexy duke. That works for me! 

When you are writing your stories does your ideas just pop into your head or do they evolve 

Great question. A bit of both. I usually hear the characters before I see them. Yes, folks, 
I hear voices in my head! I come up with an opening scene and two characters and a 
problem. Sometimes a villain. For What a Duke Dares, that opening scene where Cam 
proposes to Pen jumped straight into my mind, with all the accompanying emotional issues. 
Once I’ve got that opening, I like to let the story and the characters stew for a while before I 
start writing, and then it’s seeing where the story takes me. 

What is your favorite scene in the book between Cam and Penelope?

I think the first kiss is my favorite in this book (it often is!). There’s so much going on at the 
time, yet they just can’t stay away from one another. And then Cam REALLY puts his foot in 
it and has to backpedal in a big way. The cool, calm, collected Duke of Sedgemoor isn’t used to being in the wrong. 

What is your favorite Historical Romance Novel?

Oh, that’s a tough one. I’ll just have to pick two. One is a really sweet one. I always feel like 
I’ve had a holiday when I read it. It’s A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. The other 
is Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible. It’s got wonderful characters and a great story and it’s 
beautifully written. And it still makes me laugh, despite how many times I’ve read it. And 
I’ve had a crush on Rupert Carsington, the hero, for years! 

What is your next Project?

I’m currently polishing a Christmas novella called Her Christmas Earl which should be out 
as an e-book on 1st of November. I've done Christmas stories the last two years and I really
enjoy having something seasonal on the shelves with all the mistletoe and tinsel. This one’s 
a marriage of convenience/Cinderella story where my hero and heroine get caught in a 
compromising position on Christmas Eve at a house party. 

What other genres do you read?

I read a lot of mysteries, especially ones with an overarching romance plot that runs through 
several books. There are a couple of authors like Julia Spencer-Fleming and Carola Dunn 
who do that beautifully. I also read a lot of nonfiction, predominantly history and biography, partly to spark ideas for new stories. 

Can you give us any teasers for your next book A Scoundrel by Moonlight?

I’ve just got the cover for Scoundrel. Isn’t it pretty? Love that purple! A Scoundrel by 
Moonlight features the Marquess of Leath who plays such a large part in What a Duke 
Dares. It’s a story about a love that crosses the class divide, so I suppose you could say there 
are Cinderella touches in this one as well. Except Cinderella has secrets! 

Question for readers: What’s your favorite historical romance novel? Why? 

I’ve got a signed copy of What a Duke Dares (international) up for grabs today to someone 
who comments. So get talking, people! 

About the Author:

Anna Campbell has written nine multi award-winning historical romances for Grand Central 
Publishing and Avon HarperCollins and her work is published in sixteen languages. Anna 
has won numerous awards for her Regency-set stories including Romantic Times Reviewers 
Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill (three times), the Heart of Excellence (twice), 
the Aspen Gold (twice) and the Australian Romance Readers Association's favorite historical 
romance (five times). Anna is currently engaged in writing the "Sons of Sin" series, which 
started in 2012 with Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed and now continues with book 3, What a 
Duke Dares. Anna lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia where she writes full-time.

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A reputation at risk...

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? 
Miss Penelope Thorne, that's who. She's known Camden Rothermere since they were 
children - and she also knows she'd bring nothing but scandal to his name.
Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to 
the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can't stop her. Then her brother's dying 
request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he'd finally gotten over.
The only way they'll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to 
pretend they're married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even 
sharing a bed - until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins...

Sneek Peek at the Cover of The next book in the
Sons of Sin Series