Thursday, November 5, 2015

The WIcked QUills of London Virtual Tour

Successful playwright Maggie Delamere has no interest in the flirtations of noblemenlike Cameron, Viscount Marwood. She once paid dearly for a moment of weakness… and vows to rebuff the wildly persistent-and irritatingly handsome-scoundrel at every turn. But when pressure to deliver a new play hampers hercreativity, an invitation to see his country estate as a writer’s retreat is too tempting to resist...

For years, Cam has admired Maggie’s brilliant work and he can’t pass up the opportunity to discover if the beautiful, mysterious playwright is as passionate and clever as the words that flow from her quill. He’s never offered a lady his bed without being in it, but if it means loosening Maggie’s pen-and her inhibitions-he’ll do exactly that.

But soon Cam’s plans for seduction become a fight for Maggie’s heart. He’s more than the scandalous, carefree rake society believes him to be… and she’s the only woman who has ever noticed.

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EVA LEIGH is the pen name of a RITA® Award-nominated romance author who writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, Tweeting about boots, and listening to music from the ‘80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

Chapter 1
Enter Phoebe, in country dress.
Phoebe: What a task I have set before me!
The Shattered Heart

London, 1816
The curtain at the Imperial Theater fell. The audience rose to its collective feet and applauded.Standing in his theater box, adding his own applause, Cameron Chalton, Viscount of Marwood was filled with excitement. Much as Cam enjoyed the theater—he went practically every night, and often saw the same work over and over, enjoying it anew each time—half the pleasure came after the performances.

“What say you, Marwood?” drawled Lord Eberhart, one of Cam’s companions for the evening. “Gaming at Donnegan’s? Shall we away to the rout at Lord Larkin’s? He’s brought in a whole bevy of beauties from France just for the occasion.”

“Why choose?” Cam answered with a laugh. “The night’s in its infancy, and we can do anything at all.”

“Good point.” Eberhart grinned. He wasn’t the brightest star in the firmament, but ever since Cam’s good friend Ashford had wed and settled into marital bliss, Cam couldn’t afford to be as selective with his company. Besides, Eberhart was always up for a night’s revelry. “Let’s 

“Not yet,” Cam answered, watching the theater slowly empty.

The Imperial was smaller than the other popular theaters in London, with only three tiers for seats and boxes, plus a smaller pit and orchestra. Yet it wasn’t shabby. The proprietors keptits appearance well. Painted plaster friezes depicting scenes from mythology adorned the fronts of the boxes, and blue velvet curtains draped the sides and top of the stage. Gas lamps provided lighting.

The boxes now released their occupants like tropical birds flying free of their cages. In the pit, the younger, wilder set laughed and boasted, jostling one another, flirting, arguing. Orange girls and women of fast reputation circulated freely among the young men.

Cam’s status prevented him from sitting in the pit anymore, but he missed it. The energy, the rowdiness. Still, he couldn’t complain, not when he’d just watched a performance of a work written by the celebrated and mysterious Mrs. Delamere. Not when the evening opened up for him like an endless banquet. One he would sample to his heart’s content. But not quite at this moment.

“Tell you what, Eberhart,” Cam continued, turning back to his companion. “I’ll meet you at Donnegan’s, then we’ll sally forth from there onto Larkin’s.”

“Going to circulate?” Eberhart said with a grin.

“This is my kingdom,” Cam replied with a wink. “I must inevitably tour my realm. Inspect its crops.”

“Of actresses.” His friend leered.

Cam tilted his head in acknowledgment. “Merely a part of my dominion.”

“Enjoy, Your Highness.” With a chuckle, Eberhart slipped from the box and out into the night. Once his friend had gone, Cam took one last minute to enjoy the theater’s house as patrons continued to leisurely make their way. The thrills from the performance still resonated in Cam’s body, palpable as electricity crackling along his veins. Though he’d seen this particular work several times, it never lost its excitement—the soaring highs and resounding lows that came from watching characters’ love and loss. He especially loved how the heroine thoroughly humiliated the aristocratic villain before gaining her tragic vengeance against him.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Review of Daniel's True Desire by Grace Burrowes

Daniel is a Vicar who has lost his way.  His wife is a greedy shrew who has caused him to have to leave his present living.  The young boy he raised and loved with all his heart is now back with his sister, who is his real mother.  He decides to give himself and new start and travel to Haddonfield to take over the living there. The first person he meets is Lady Kirsten.  A no nonsense young lady who says what she wants and holds nothing back. As a result she is unmarried and living with her brother, the Earl of Bellefonte who is Daniel's new Patron.  Daniel and Kirsten are so different in temperament.  Daniel is sweet, a truly nice person who has been betrayed by his wife and Kirsten is instantly drawn to him by his sense of sadness.  She comes from a loving family and only wants Daniel to have what she has.  A family that loves each other and together can overcome heartache, and betrayal.  The attraction for them is instant, but Daniel is married.  The romance between them moves at a slower pace because of this.  

This is a beautifully constructed story that has so many layers that are fascinating to watch unfold.  Grace's style of writing is alluring in that she draws you into the story with her detailed settings, amazing characters and lovely romance.  I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any reader who loves truly wonderful love stories.

Monday, November 2, 2015

ARC Review of The Irresistible Rogue by Valerie Bowman

Daphne and Rafe are secretly married to help her brother Donald catch traitors to the crown. Donald is killed during the mission and now Rafe wants Daphne to reprise her role as his cabin boy and catch the traitors who killed his friend and Daphne's brother. Daphne regrets her adventure for many reasons and wants nothing to do with Capt Rafe or anymore adventure. All it causes is heartache and loss. She wants to marry and have a family and she knows she cannot stay married to Rafe because of his social status so she is going to marry an social climbing Baron who will cause her no heartache. Rafe promises Daphne with an annulment if she will help him one more time. She gives in to Rafe's pleas and the adventure begins. This is the 4th book in the Secret Brides series and just as wonderful as the first two. Valeries hero and heroine are both strong, stubborn individuals who test each other. They are both loyal, brave. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves Historical Romance