Friday, February 26, 2016

Rescued By A Lady's Love by Christy Caldwell





Destitute and determined to finally be free of any man’s shackles, Lily Benedict sets out to salvage her
honor. With no choice but to commit a crime that will save her from her past, she enters the home of
the recluse, Derek Winters, the new Duke of Blackthorne. But entering the "Beast of Blackthorne's" lair
proves more threatening than she ever imagined.

With half a face and a mangled leg, Derek—once rugged and charming—only exists within the confines
of his home.  Shunned by society, Derek is leery of the hauntingly beautiful Lily Benedict.  As time
passes, she slips past his defenses, reminding him how to live again.  But when Lily's sordid past comes
back, threatening her life, it's up to Derek to find the strength to become the hero he once was.  Can
they overcome the darkness of their sins to find a life of love and redemption?


EXCERPT

“I don’t give a bloody hell if it is the damn Queen of England for tea and biscuits, do not darken my
door.”

She stared unblinking at the door. This was William’s brother? This foul-mouthed, mannerless brute? A
more rational, sensible woman would be fearful of the beast who dwelled on the other side. However,
she was long past fearing a snarling, petulant duke.

The butler, Harris, looked painfully at her, his expression conveying an absolute uncertainty of how to
proceed. He tried once more with his employer. “I-it is about the g—”“If you say it is about the girl, I’ll have you hung by your ballocks.”Oh, that was really enough. Lily reached past the servant, and ignoring his shocked gasp, she pressed the handle.

Locked.

She furrowed her brow. Humph. Well, she’d not anticipated that. Lily tried again.

“Harrison, if you jiggle my damn handle once more, I’ll myself remove your hand from you body.”
A small giggle cut into the end of the duke’s vile speech and Lily whipped her head to the right. A little
girl in white skirts stood at the end of the hall. The widening of her cornflower blue eyes indicated shock at being discovered. Then the giggling imp ducked back behind the wall and disappeared.

Lily gave her head a shake. What manner of place was this? Angry, shouting men. Giggling, unattended
children...and those same unattended children giggling at the shouting, angry men?  Poor Harri. The man appeared one more outburst from the duke away from casting up his mornings account. Alas, Lily should have learned long ago from her own experience that ordinary people were capable of extraordinary courage.


USA TODAY Bestselling author CHRISTI CALDWELL blames Judith McNaught’s “Whitney, My Love!” for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the
University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and pick up her laptop to try her hand at
romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections, and she rather enjoys
torturing them before crafting them a well-deserved happily ever after!

Christi makes her home in southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing her own enchanting
historical romances, chasing around her feisty six-year-old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

Links: Website: http://christicaldwell.com

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Virtual Tour for The Rogue by Katharine Ashe




In the first book in Katharine Ashe’s stunning new historical series, to capture a duke, a lady must first seduce a rogue. Lady Constance Read is independent, beautiful, and in need of a husband-now. The
last man on earth she wants is the rogue who broke her heart six years ago, never mind that his kisses are scorching hot…

Evan Saint-André Sterling is rich, scarred, and finished with women-forever. He’s not about to lose his head over the bewitching beauty who once turned his life upside down. But Constance needs a warrior, and Saint is the perfect man for the job. Only as a married woman can she penetrate Scotland’s most notorious secret society and bring a diabolical duke to justice. When Constance and Saint become allies-and passionate lovers-he’ll risk everything to protect the only woman he has ever loved.

Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2016/01/the-rogue-devils-duke-1-by-katharine.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25654602-the-rogue 

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/155160-devil-s-duke

Buy Links:  Amazon | B & N | Google Play | iTunes | Kobo

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rogue-Devils-Duke-Novel/dp/0062412736/

B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-rogue-katharine-ashe/1122036684?ean=9780062412737

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Katharine_Ashe_The_Rogue?id=U4_BCQAAQBAJ&hl=en

iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-rogue/id1000702147?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-rogue-17

EXCERPT

The Danger

Of the dozen men in the room, he was the only man she should not be staring at. He was not a lord. Not an heir to a fortune. Not a scion of impressive lineage or a favorite of the prince. He wasn’t even really a gentleman.

Yet she could not look away.

It shouldn’t have mattered; a hidden niche was an excellent place from which a young lady could spy on a risqué party. Until someone else discovered it.

Unless that someone else were the right someone else.

For four nights now no one had noticed her peeking from a door that could barely be called a door in the corner of the ballroom. These passages had been fashioned in an earlier era of rebellion, and everybody had long since forgotten them.

Except her.

And now him.

A quality of familiarity braided with danger commanded the breadth of his shoulders and the candlelight in his eyes as he watched her. Yet she did not duck back into the dark passage and escape. She had no fear that he would know her. Like the women who had actually been invitedto the party, her mask hid the upper half of her face. Anyway, she knew no one in society. Her father had not yet taken her to London, only deposited her here at Fellsbourne, where he imagined her safe in the company of his dear friend’s family. Where she had always in fact been safe. Teased, taunted, treated like an annoying younger sister, and very carelessly acknowledged. But safe.

Until now.

Not removing his eyes from her, the stranger unfolded himself from the chair with predatorial grace. He moved like a hunter, lean and powerful and aware. Not entirely human. Even at rest he had watched the others, disinterested in the amorous flirtations of the other men and the women here to entertain them, yet keen-eyed. Like an elven prince studying mortal beings, he observed.

For four nights she had wondered, if she were one of those women would he be interested in her? Would he seek her attention? Would he touch her as the other men touched those women—as she longed to be touched—held—told she was special—good—beautiful?

She was wicked to her marrow.

Wicked to want a stranger’s notice. Wicked to relish the thrill in her belly as he walked straight toward
her.

The Reading Wench REVIEW
Another amazing addition to her repertoire.  The reason I love her writing so much is that she puts so much into the process.  Her research is astoundingly accurate, her plots are complex and exciting, her characters have such depth and her writing is so poetic {ie “Not removing his eyes from her, the stranger unfolded himself from the chair with predatorial grace.  He moved like a hunter, lean and powerful and aware”)  I just have to go back and read it again.  Her writing sings to me. 

I have been waiting for Constance’s and Sterling’s story, and it does not disappoint.  From the Prologue to the Epilogue you can see that they are meant to be together.  Constance is Sparrow, a member of The Falcon Club and Sterling is a recurring character from “I Loved A Rogue”.  Sterling is a strong, independent man who makes his own way in the world with his sword and even though he show a calm exterior to the world,  it seems his self-control disappears around Constance. Constance also shows an unruffled exterior but inside she is full of fear and insecurities that she hides from everyone.

There is a murderer on the loose and woman disappearing and Constance is willing to sacrifice herself on the altar of Marriage to get close to the Devil she thinks is responsible.  Along comes Sterling and both their plans for the future are thrown into disarray.  This story has it all….Murder, Kidnapping, a couple of really nasty villains, but most of all it is a love story for the ages. 

Katharine is truly a gifted writer and I enjoy her books tremendously.  If you have not read any of her books you are missing out on one of the best in the Historical Romance Genre.

Received a Complimentary copy of this book by the Publisher for an honest review


Q&A with Katharine Ashe

Q: Your new Devil’s Duke series kicks off with a bang in The Rogue; there’s plenty of intrigue, action, and some cameos from Falcon Club members of your previous novels. Yet you’re also telling a very deep love story that touches on many issues, including second chances, abuse, and honesty. As a writer—and as a reader!—what appeals to you about mixing “spy stuff” and adventure with the kind of intensely emotional narrative going on in The Rogue?

A: Truth? I want to be completely swept away. I love getting so immersed in a story that I can’t put it down. I am totally addicted to intense, deep, powerful romance. When I read and write, I want to experience every emotion: I want to laugh, weep, shout, feel my heart racing, and go a little insane-in-love right along with the hero and heroine. If they’re opponents or allies in exciting intrigue—Saint and Constance are both in The Rogue—I get completely caught up in the excitement. It’s romance, so I know they’ll be together by the end. But the more intense the journey to falling in love is, the more I adore it.

Q. You write historical romance novels—but you’re also a professor of history! How much does your academic work as a professor overlap with your writing?

A. Now that I teach popular fiction -- both romance fiction and other fiction based on medieval history -- I can pour my experience with researching, writing and publishing novels into my teaching. And it goes the other way too; teaching nourishes me. I learn from my students all the time. Also, oftentimes I’ll read something to use in class and it will inspire a character or scene or even an entire plot of a novel.

Q. The title of the novel, The Rogue, refers to Saint, our roguish hero. But he’s not the only one known to break the rules every now and again: Constance is an extremely ndependent woman. At every turn, she refuses to let society make her dependent on someone else, and she continually rises against every challenge she is faced with. What inspired you to write such a strong, forward-thinking heroine?

A. Constance is incredibly strong and independent, but she’s also damaged and vulnerable. In a world dominated by men who want to use or control her, she’s come to a place where she’s simply refusing that. She wants to make her own decisions, and she wants to be her own hero (it’s why she asks Saint to teach her how to fight with a sword and dagger). But she wants—and needs—love too. I think this is the struggle of modern women: to be independent and take care of themselves, as well as others who need them, but also to allow themselves to be loved by a good man—a man who won’t try to control them, but will love them for the entire woman that they are.

Q. You often speak at conferences and give interviews regarding your views on the romance genre. We’ve seen romance get more time in the mainstream media spotlight this year than ever before—do you think that’s an indicator of things to come? Where do you see the genre going from here?

A. The good press is wonderful! It’s a good sign for the future. We’ve a long way to go, though. I think the new openness to romance fiction in the mainstream media has as much to do with the fabulous novels authors are writing now, featuring independent heroines with real agency, as it has to do with our society very, very slowly shifting toward an honest recognition of the latent misogyny and anti-feminist biases in our culture. These biases are so deeply rooted (they’re thousands of years old!) that it’s going to take more than few decades for real equality. When the romance genre is treated the same way that the mystery or sci-fi or thriller genres are treated, that’ll be a good indicator we’ve come to true equality between the sexes.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your upcoming projects!

A. The Earl is next! Through several books my readers have been following the heated banter of Peregrine, the secretary of the Falcon Club, and popular London pamphleteer Lady Justice. She has skewered him again and again in the public press for being an idle elitist, but now she needs his help. They’re thrown together in an unexpected (and dangerous) adventure across the Scottish Highlands. It’s a super intense, funny and exciting love story, and I cried and laughed and gasped and sighed and loved loved loved writing it. After that, the duke everybody’s calling The Devil gets his story!


Author Info

Katharine Ashe is the award-winning author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the 10 Best Books of the Year in Romance, and My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander, 2015 and 2014 finalists for the prestigious

RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America. Her books are recommended by Publishers Weekly, Women’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European History, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about Katharine’s books, please visit www.KatharineAshe.com or write to her at PO Box 51702, Durham, NC 27717.

Author Links:
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GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3145688.Katharine_Ashe

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ARC Review of A Reckless Desire by Isabella Bradford


A wonderful story of two vastly different people from opposite ends of the social ladder who find each other and fall in love.
Lord River FitzRoy is the son of a duke, but not the heir. He has the freedom to see and do as he likes. He is carefree, kind and handsome.
Lucia di Rossi is a servant in the theater where her relatives perform. She is treated like a slave and is practically invisible to the Gentleman who visit her cousin the prima ballerina. Until one night two Gentleman made a wager that River couldn't turn her into an actress that could fool an audience.
Rivers sees only a small girl who blends into the crowd but takes the bet anyway.
He takes her to his country home to prepare her to win the bet, but in the process they become friends and then lovers. Lucia knows that she can only have Rivers for a lover and when they return to London their affair will be over. Rivers is falling in love with Lucia and doesn't know how he will let her go, but he knows that his father wants him marry a society lady and have a son. Both his older brothers have only daughters and his father is worried about the future of the Dukedom.

I really liked these characters, they held nothing back, no secrets and they became truly good friends before they were lovers. A very well written story that was refreshing in that there was no real danger, nobody trying to kill anyone, just a wonderful love story.

I have read the other books in the series and enjoyed them all.

Received an ARC from the publisher for a honest review.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

ARC Review of I Kissed A Rogue by Shana Galen



This is the story of a spoiled daughter of a Duke, Lady Lillian-Anne Lennox,  who has insulted and humiliated other debutantes,  basked in the admiration of every man and used them for her own enjoyment and then dumped them when they were no longer amusing.  Usually a character like her would be used in a story as the Nemesis of the heroine but in this story she is the heroine.  

She is kidnapped and the man her father sends to find her and save her is  Sir Brook Derring, a private investigator and the man who fell in love with her years ago, whom she had rejected.  Now she is in big trouble and the only one who can help her is Brook, but can he put aside his feelings of dislike and disdain and rescue Lila.  Of course he does and in the process of trying to protect her he comes to know a different Lila, and she is not anything like the unfeeling, cruel young lady who had laughed in his face and broke his heart.  Can he protect her without falling for her again, the first time it had taken years to forget her, but now she is a different woman and he is beginning to fall for her again.

This is a wonderful story of how the events in a person's life can change them and that there is always that second chance to find love and happiness.  

Shana is a gifted writer who knows how capture your attention from the first word to the last.  Her love scenes are sensual and beautiful, the action exciting  and her characters are wonderfully complex, inviting and smart.  
Now I have to go back and read the other three books in this series

I loved every word!

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher for an honest review.