Saturday, April 23, 2016

ARC Review of The Earl Takes all by Lorraine Heath

Let me first say that I have read all of Lorraine's books and love her writing.  She has the ability to bring out intense emotions in her readers.  This is an unusual plot that I wasn't sure that I would like.

This is book two in The Hellions of Havisham.  Albert and Edward are twins...Albert is the good responsible Earl and Edward is the second son who is irresponsible and a rogue at heart.  Edward has a restless soul and loves to go on adventures and wants his brother to go with him.  Edward has feelings for Albert's wife which he tries to forget with other woman and wild adventures.  After Albert is married to Julia, Edward talks him into going on a safari to Africa.  Julia is with child and urges Albert to go.

This is where the story takes a decidedly bizarre turn.  Albert is killed by a gorilla in a truly horrifying death.  As he lays dying he makes his brother promise to be him and not tell Julia that he is really Edward until she safely delivers the baby.  Julia has miscarried twice before.

I give Lorraine credit for the courage to write this storyline.  I almost stopped reading the book, but since I really loved her previous books, I was determined to finish it.  I am glad I did.  The range of emotions I felt while reading this book were many.  Grief that Albert had died such a horrible death,  Dislike of Julia and sympathy for Edward.  As the story progresses you feel for Edward who is doing as his brother asked him and his growing feeling for Julia.  I admit that I cried a few times while reading this book.  It will tug at your heart strings and make your heart sing too.

This is just the beginning of the story.  Edward's and Julia's story is an emotional roller coaster that will keep you reading til the surprising end.  The Epilogue is wonderful!!!

Received a complimentary copy from Avon for an honest review.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Virtual Book Tour for One Dangerous Desire by Christy Caryle

Releasing April 19th, 2016
Avon Impulse

In a bet between two old flames…

Rex Leighton dominates the boardroom in the day and prowls the ballroom at night. Searching for the perfect bride to usher him into the aristocracy, he abandoned the idea of love a long time ago--the last time he saw the delicious May Sedgwick. But when he’s roped into a bet, where the prize is the means to fund his greatest ambition and the stakes are a marriage he’s already planning for, Rex is willing to go all in. There’s just one problem-he’s competing against the only woman he’s ever loved and he’s sure she’ll ruin all his plans.

Accidental Heirs #3
Christy Carlyle

Only love can take it all

Miss May Sedgwick could be the belle of the season…if she cared. May is more interested in the art studio than the marriage market and her craving to pursue her passion far outweighs her desire for a titled English husband. Winning this bet will finally allow her to pursue her true artistic desires. Rex Leighton losing is just a side benefit, as are his breathtaking kisses that she just can’t seem to resist.

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This is the first book I have read from Christy Carlyle.  I really enjoyed her writing stlyle.  Very smart, witty and compelling.  May and Rex were young and in love and thought that they had the same dreams for their life together.  But they were from two different worlds that were not meant to meet.

They are seperated and thought that they would never see each other again.  To their surprise they meet  in the most unlikely place, ocean away from where they first met.  They still realize that they still have the same feelings, but very different agendas.  Can they stay away from each other or will the love they felt for each other give them a HAE.  A fine read that you will love.


Thank you for taking the time to hang out with me (us) today.

Thank you for inviting me.

With the growth of historical romance, how do you feel your historical romance stand out among the crowd?

I really feel that every writer has a unique voice, and that’s what distinguishes us from others in our genre, but I am seeing patterns in the kinds of stories I tell. I like strong, bookish heroines, women who are ahead of their time, and I tend to write heroes who can appreciate strong women. Often my characters find conformity to be a challenge, whether it’s living up to parental expectations or society’s notion of success. I’ve fallen in love with a very specific part of the Victorian era, the last decade or so of the century. That period was full of changes in fashion, technology, and all aspects of Victorian society. I think that gives me room to create characters that break a few rules.

Do you think that writing historical romance is one of the most difficult genres to write?  Research wise?  Readers/Critique wise?  

I don’t think it’s a difficult genre to write, but maybe that’s because I love it so much. I was an avid historical romance reader long before I became a historical romance writer. As for the research, I was a history major in college, so the research is just icing on the cake for me. I enjoy every minute of it. In fact, the danger is getting lost in research, which detracts from writing time.

As for readers, I’ve found historical romance readers to be extremely loyal and supportive. Those of us who write and read historical romance share a similar desire to be transported to another time and place through the books we write and read.

What is your favorite part of writing historical romance?  The scoundrels and rakes?  The ladies who speak their minds?  The lovely wallflower waiting to be noticed?  The clothes? The setting?

All of those! Actually I think you’ve identified my favorite heroine, which is the wallflower who speaks her mind. Obviously I want to fall in love with a scoundrel every time I read historical romance too.

Researching settings and clothing for my books helps me give texture to my characters and scenes. I might drill down to the level of wanting to find out historical paint colors or types of carpets during the Victorian era. Those specifics might never make their way into my story, but they definitely inform my descriptions when writing a scene.

If you had to choose only ONE historical romance to read for the rest of your days, which would it be?  and Why?

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. The hero, Derek Craven, took root in my head the moment I read the story, and I haven’t been able (or wanted) to evict him since. I love a hero who needs to be redeemed. I also remember being hooked by the first chapter when I realized the heroine, Sara Fielding, was a writer. Writer heroine plus bad boy hero is an irresistible equation.

Tell us a little about the Accidental Heirs series.

The series is based on the idea of unexpectedly inheriting wealth rather than being born to it. I wanted my protagonist in each story to have had a life separate from any title or wealth they inherited, and then I wanted to explore what happened when their plans, careers, and lives are changed. So my first hero unexpectedly becomes a viscount, my second hero inherits a dukedom, and my heroine in the third book finds her life taking an entirely different path than what she and everyone else expected of her.

Do you already have a favorite character/couple from the series?

I have a soft spot for all of my characters, but I think my favorites end up being the last couple I wrote. Rex and May, the hero and heroine of One Dangerous Desire, will always have a special place in my heart because they’re Americans living in London. I’ve visited London several times and lived there briefly, and I truly love the city. Rather than being born in England, both of them are viewing all of its wonders with fresh eyes, and both are also struggling to fit in to Victorian London society.

I also love the fact that Rex and May knew each other in the past. I’m a big believer in forgiveness and second chances, and I love writing stories that explore those themes.

What can we expect next from you?

I’m thrilled to be working on a new Victorian historical romance series for Avon impulse. The series is called Romancing the Rules and will feature the Ruthven siblings, whose father became famous and wealthy by writing a series of dry, stringent but wildly popular etiquette books. As you can probably guess, the Ruthven heirs are more interested in breaking rules than adhering to etiquette.

Author Info

Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Review of Duke Ever After by Eva Devon

Finally, the fun loving, irreverent Duke of Aston’s story.  Every one of The Dukes’ Club stories has been amazing and this one is no different.  Derek the Duke of Aston is a hiding a secret that could change the way the Ton treats him.  So he has adopted a false persona that keeps people from getting too close, except for his bastard son Tony, who he loves with all his heart and will protect with his life.

Lady Rosamund is an independent Highland Lass who goes where she wants and does whatever pleases her.  After all there is not much to do in the Highlands of Scotland when there are no other young ladies to socialize with.  Her brother the Duke of Blackburn is the hero in Book 3 of the Dukes’ Club, but he has yet to meet the love of his life so he is still grumpy and not a lot of fun to be around.

One day in the middle of winter Rosamund is swimming in the freezing loch and lo and behold she swims right up to a naked man.  Of course the naked man is the Duke of Aston who is in Scotland visiting friends.  There is an immediate electrifying stop the world from spinning attraction.  Derek is a rogue who cannot fail to take advantage of the situation and follows her as she swims away. Rosamund is sassy and unafraid and she is intrigued by him also.  Until she tell him that she is the Duke of Blackburn’s sister.  Derek immediately turns around to get as far away from her as he can. He doesn’t need that kind of trouble.  But of course Rosamund won’t leave well enough alone and pursues him.

This is a very well written, witty, enthralling love story that will make you wish it will never end.
I have always loved Eva’s writing style.  She is a wonderful storyteller who knows how to keep you captivated till the end.  Her characters are intelligent, stubborn, funny and a joy to read.  

This is the 5th book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone novel.  I recommend that if you have not read the first four you should definitely buy them.  They are worth the price!!!  I cannot wait for Tony’s, Charles’s and Mr. Basingstoke’s stories.

Received Complimentary Copy for an honest review.