Saturday, December 13, 2014

Review of An Oath Taken by Diana Cosby

This is a lovely romance novel set in a great time in history.  1291 in Scotland was period when there was war, treachery, hunger and a deep distrust of anyone English.  Sir Nicholas Beringar is the new Castellan to Ravenmoor Castle.  He is ordered to restore the Castle and win the trust of the people who live there.  Elizabet is a fiesty Scottish lass who wants to save her brother from the dungeons of Ravenmoor Castle.  She disguises herself as a boy and becomes Sir Nicholas's squire.  I really enjoyed this story,  the characters are strong, smart, and the plot moved at a nice pace. I would recommend this book to a friend.  I received this book free for an honest review.

Review of The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I enjoyed it. The plot was good and moved at a nice pace. Loved the character and the premise of the story, new duke and governess. I am a big fan of down on their luck ladies who have to work for a living and meet the man of their dreams. I really liked the witty dialogue and the romance between Marcus and Lily. This was a good book that I enjoyed reading and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good historical romance. 
Received this ARC for an honest review.

ARC Review of Catch a Falling Heiress by Laura Lee Guhrke

This is the third book in The American Heiress in London and I enjoyed it just as much as the first two.  Linnet is a very strong woman who has been lied to and hurt in the past and gives the hero Jack fits!!!  They have great chemistry and I loved the way Jack was so patient and sweet even when all he wants to do is throw her over his shoulder and take her away, he does actually do it once in the book!!!  Linnet is afraid to trust a man again and Jack has to prove that he will never deliberately hurt her.  There are great ups and downs and plot twists in this book.  Laura Lee really knows how to draw you in to her stories.  You also get to revisit characters from the first two books in the series.  I loved the ending and cannot wait for the next book in the series.  Laura Lee's writing is lyrical, romantic, suspenseful and a wonderful read.  Do Not Miss this Author!!!

ARC Review of Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

This is the second book in the Castles Ever After.  The first book was awesome.  This one is even better.  I have never laughed so hard while reading a book before.  Between cake fights, an engagement ring that winds up in a place you wouldn't believe and a 14 year old bulldog who has to be carried around there is a beautiful love story.  Clio has been waiting over eight years for her fiance to come home and marry her.  She is tired of waiting and being the butt of jokes by the gossips in London.  She decides to go to the brother of her fiance with papers to dissolve their engagement.  The only problem is that since she was young she has been in love with the brother.  Lord Rafe has never fit in Society.  He is a Champion Prize Fighter training for his next fight and running his brother's estates while he is out of the country. He refuses to sign Clio's papers and goes to her home to convince her to marry his brother and he wants to help plan the wedding, no expense spared.  Clio wants nothing to do with getting married anymore and Rafe has to try to convince her.  Tessa knows how to write an amazing story with wit, sensual love scenes, gut wrenching emotions and amazing characters that you love.  Do not miss this one!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Virtual Book Tour for A Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior By Megan Frampton

All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?
When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.
As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.
But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything . . .

Guest Post from Megan

In praise of the interstitial

Interstitial, according to the dictionary, is the space occupying interstices, which is an intervening space, especially a very small one.

For books, specifically my books, the interstitial parts are the fragments from the fictional book The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior, which is just that—a guide for how to be a duke.

Once he makes up his mind, a duke will pursue what he wants, without hesitation. And he will get it. – The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior

Marcus, the hero of The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior, has no clue how to be a duke—correctly, that is. The interstitial fragments from the book are a way to highlight just how he is getting it wrong, while also pointing out, subtly, what he might be getting right.

I first encountered the beauty of the interstitial with Julia Quinn, who employed it brilliantly in her Bridgerton series. Her Lady Whistledown wrote a gossip column that revealed what Society was thinking about the Bridgertons and often specifically about the hero and heroine of that particular book. And of course, when she revealed who Lady Whistledown really was, that was also a brilliant piece of writing.

Elizabeth Hoyt also uses interstitial material to great effect, including story fragments in her Four Soldiers series that relate, but not always directly, to the action of the story. The interstitial material augments and highlights the action, and the story wouldn’t be as lovely without them, although the story itself would still be complete.

A duke should utilize all of his available resources when in pursuit of a ducal goal. Not just his financial ones, although those may be utilized. He should employ his position, his eminence, and most importantly, his eyebrows, to achieve what requires achieving. – The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior

Many historical authors, more than I can mention, use interstitial material to give the flavor of the historical period, from newspaper columns, to etiquette guides, to journals, and so on. I love how an author can perhaps show more flare and zany wit in those bits than in the actual story itself.

What are your favorite books with interstitial material?

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Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Review of The Earl's Defiant Wallflower

I am so glad I discovered Erica Ridley!!  This book was so much fun to read.  Her writing is witty, romantic and I loved every word.  I have been reading Historical Romance for over 30 years and I can say that she is one of the best in the genre today.  Oliver and Grace are drawn to each other from the very beginning, but he needs an heiress and all she wants to do is go back to America to her sick mother.  The plot is unique with lots of surprises, great sexual tension, lovely emotions and I laughed out loud several times.  As a life long Historical Romance Reader I recommend this book highly.  Also do not miss the prequel novella for The Dukes of War Series, The Viscount's Christmas Temptation.

Cannot wait for the next book in the Series.  Received this book for an honest review.