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Monday, December 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Compromising Miss Tisdale by Jessica Jefferson (Review)


**Jessica Jefferson will be giving away a $50 Amazon or BN.com Gift Certificate, to visit the other stops of this tour, please click here


About the book:
Ambrosia Tisdale is the very picture of propriety and the epitome of what a respectable young lady should be. Haunted by a memory and compelled by her family, she pursues perfection to a fault.

The Earl of Bristol, Duncan Maddox, has returned to London after years of familial imposed exile. As the second son, he has led a life filled with frivolity, leisure, and a healthy dose of debauchery. Now his older brother has died, leaving the family’s flailing legacy in Duncan’s unwilling arms. 


At the behest of his uncle, Duncan is advised to do the one thing that could provide instant fortune and respectability – he must marry. But there is only one prospect who meets the unique requirements to solve all the Earl’s problems – the lovely Miss Ambrosia Tisdale. But securing the prudent daughter of a Viscount’s hand proves to be more challenging than this scandal ridden second son of an Earl has bargained for.


With scandal, extortion, treachery, and even love itself threatening to keep him from his goal, will Duncan succeed in compromising Miss Tisdale?
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Review: 
This book was a surprise treat for me, not unlike a cup of hot chocolate to enjoy on a cold night. An attraction-of-opposites story with complex, multifaceted and dynamic characters and an engaging plot, this tale hits all the right notes for a great historical romance.

Ambrosia Tisdale, now in fourth season, has already gleamed enough ton wisdom to know how to navigate it with relative ease...that is, until her encounter at a party with a mysterious man piques her curiosity and leaves her, for the first time, unsettled. Suffice it to say, Ambrosia's stone-like exterior and haughty airs did not so much unsettle her new adversary, Duncan Maddox, as inspired his determination, for she seemed to be just the woman - and challenge - he wants to have. What followed after that is a nice mix of Taming of the Shrew, character transformations, and a hearty amount of mutual attraction to spark Ambrosia and Duncan's romance to enthrall the readers into their conflicts and desires. 

What I enjoy the most about this novel is the depth of character transformation that it features. Upon Ambrosia and Duncan's initial meeting, the author provides a good glimpse of Ambrosia's pre-transformation self, that is, her cold exterior, strict adherence to societal rules, and her blatant egotism. It is not until later that her facade crumbles, the perfection with which she prided herself came to be a transient, unnecessary thing, and she struggles internally to comes to terms with herself. Her vulnerability was a key point in this novel internally, and it was a major factor of winning me to her person, as I did not initially like her outward rudeness.

Duncan had lived a life of frivolity as was expected of him as a second son. His importance was ever so small until he inherited an earldom, and he relished it by being wild and uncaring. His trials in this book was like a rite of passage, a trial through which he matures and becomes a better man. And he does that splendidly, coming to understand and love Ambrosia for who she is. 

Ambrosia and Duncan are the winning points of this novel, though the intrigue-filled plot is quite good as well. Without delving much into it (as it is much better experienced than summarized in this case) I can only say that I was impressed by this book and highly recommend it for its poignancy, humor, and a multitude of layers within the plot and the characters as well that drive this splendid novel.
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Excerpt: 
He stepped forward, a twig snapping under the force of his right boot. 

 She startled and turned.

She had been crying.  Even in the shadows he could see that her eyes were red and face blotchy from the trails of tears.  For once, Miss Tisdale did not look her best, and in that imperfection he found her to be the most enticing she had ever been.

Duncan fell into her eyes, endless pools framed with wet clumps of black lashes that drew him towards her.  And then her lips, already full, now swollen from her sobbing, parted slightly. 
He was lost.  God help him, he was no longer intoxicated by brandy alone, but rather the beauty of one woman. 

Duncan reached up and cupped her face in his hands.  Without any words or pretense, he simply swooped down and kissed her.  It wasn’t a gentle kiss, nor was it rough.  It was certain and decided.  He kissed her ardently, holding her face and savoring the salty taste of her tears still wet on her lips. 

He waited for it to stop, for her to slap him or push him away.  But then she did something totally unexpected.  She grabbed his arms and kissed him back.  The action left him disarmed and completely infatuated.  This was the woman from the library whom he had come to remember.  And her kiss was not tentative as it once was - but now firm and without trepidation.  
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it – almost Chicago.  Jessica originally attended college in hopes of achieving an English degree and writing the next great American novel.  Ten years later she was working as a registered nurse and reading historical romance when she decided to give writing another go-round.   

Jessica writes likes she speaks, which has a tendency to be fast paced and humorous.  Jessica is heavily inspired by sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy to transport the reader into a story they miss long after the last page is read.  She invites you to visit her at jessicajefferson.com and read her random romance musings.
Follow me at https//twitter.com/authorJessicaJ

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15 comments:

  1. Wow! I absolutely love this review. It's so in depth and got me really looking forward to reading the book myself. Great job Mary!

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  2. I liked the excerpt. Put it on my TBR pile. Thanks for the book recommendation.

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  3. U accomplished just what a good reviewer should; I now want to read this book! It doesn't appear to be the normal period piece fluff, but a book that reminds me of those written twenty yrs ago.

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  4. Thanks for your in-depth review. The more I read about this book, the more I know I must read it.

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  5. Thanks so much for hosting today. I'm glad you enjoyed the book!

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  6. Thank you so much for this opportunity! And I can't wait to check out this book, it sounds wonderful! Loved reading the excerpt too. =) Happy New Year!

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  7. I like these kinds of hops since I get introduced to a lot of authors I have yet to read. Thanks for the info about the author and her book.
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  8. Sounds like a great review! Thanks for sharing your review and the giveaway. Happy New Year! evamillien at gmail dot com

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  10. I like your review, it gives me a glimpse of what to expect! thanks for the giveaway! Happy New Year 2014!

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  11. I loved the review of Compromising Miss Tisdale, and would love to read the book in it's entirety. Thank you for the chance to win, and Happy New Year to you.

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  12. As a librarian, I appreciate a good reviewer. I base a lot of my professional and personal reading selections on reviews.

    Ambrosia is such an unusual character name. Did you do research to find out if that was a common name during that period?

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  13. Great review of what looks like a great book! Thanks!

    Happy New Year!

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