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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition (#5)


Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. 

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Tin of Love Saves the World and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

So, the novel I'm featuring is...

                                                    Private Arrangements
                            Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas, published in March, 2008

Blurb:

To all of London society, Lord and Lady Tremaine had the ideal arrangement: a marriage based on civility, courteousness, freedom—and living on separate continents. But once upon a time, things were quite different for the Tremaines…When Gigi Rowland first laid eyes on Camden Saybrook, Lord Tremaine, the attraction was immediate and overwhelming: she simply had to have him. But what began in a spark of passion ended in betrayal the morning after their wedding—and Gigi wants to be free to marry again. Now Camden has returned from America with an outrageous demand—an heir—in exchange for Gigi’s freedom. Gigi's decision will have consequences she never imagined, as secrets are exposed, desire is rekindled—and one of London’s most admired couples must either fall in love all over again…or let each other go forever. 

To find out more about Sherry Thomas and her books, click the links below:
                                Website | Goodreads | Facebook

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I LOVE Sherry Thomas's book (her Ravishing the Heiress is one of 5 my all-time favorites and I re-read just yesterday). Her next book is The Luckiest Lady in London, which is coming on November 5th!
Here's a look at the gorgeous cover:
The Luckiest Lady in London



Now, head over to Tin @ Love Saves the World for her pick of the week.  Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading has also joined us, so be sure to visit her blog as well. :-)

Feature & Follow Friday (#4) + Book Blogger Hop (#5)


Book Blogger Hop
Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Feature and Follow Friday is a meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read


General rules to Feature & Follow Friday:

1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers (This week is Reading With a Vengeance)

3. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"

4. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers

This Week's Question: What book are you embarrassed to admit you LOVED? (try to think beyond Twilight).



Well, in the past (like a year ago), I would have said the entire romance genre. I can't say I've been a closet reader as I've just been too embarrassed to really give the genre a try. But now, I love it. Even though I'm not embarrassed to admit that I like romance books, I still wouldn't want to admit that to my coworkers, for example. >.<


Now, for Book Blogger Hop

Q: When you are out of town, do you still participate in weekly memes or do you have your post scheduled to appear on your blog and perhaps check back? Or do you not participate at all?


Well, I've not been blogging for a while and only recently learned that I can schedule posts (very recently). So I'll try. Otherwise I may just skip it if I'm too busy to do it. Sorry, guys! 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cover Reveal: Jess Michaels' BEAUTY AND THE EARL

It's time for Buried Under Romance's first Cover Reveal! And the book is....


The third book in Jess Michaels' accalimed The Pleasure Wars series -- Beauty and the Earl!

The book is up for pre-order on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G4DKNMM/

Description:

Desire as essential as breath…deception as fragile as sanity.
The Pleasure Wars, Book 3
Liam, the Earl of Windbury, had everything when he held his secret lover in his arms. Until a feud between their families left her dead, his body broken, and his sister married to his bitterest enemy.
Wracked with guilt, simmering with rage, he’s spent a year in seclusion, seeing no one except a few servants as he does his best to forget the past and patently refuses to think about any kind of future.
When courtesan Violet Milford enters Liam’s lair, she’s on a secret mission to gather information for Liam’s desperate sister, who fears for his sanity, even his life. What she finds is a man scarred inside and out, whose dark, controlling sensuality hides the kind, wounded man within.
Violet awakens a sexual desire more powerful than Liam has ever known, and her stories weave a spell that begins to work its way past his defenses. But when the truth inevitably comes out, it could well destroy the love that is saving them both.

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Jess Michaels is an award-winning, best-selling author of historical erotic romance. You can find out more about her books from the her Website, Facebook, Goodreads

The other Pleasure War books:
PLEASURING THE LADY (Pleasure Wars 2), November 19
TAKEN BY THE DUKE (Pleasure Wars 1), Available now!

Review: Once She Was Tempted by Anne Barton

Once She Was Tempted (Honeycote, #2)
Publication date: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Forever Romance (Grand Central Publishing)
Series: Honeycote #2
Goodreads | Amazon

This is a stunning, heartwarming, and unbelievably sweet romance from star author Anne Barton!

Following her sister Annabelle’s marriage to the Duke of Huntford (When She Was Wicked, Honeycote #1), Daphne has become a Cinderella figure, no longer needing to worry about mere survival. Daphne’s loving sister is pushing her towards Hugh, Lord Biltmore, believing the young lord to be her match in temperament and disposition. Yet Daphne longs for more than security and comfort. Hugh is a kind friend, but only his guardian, Benjamin Elliot, the Earl of Foxburn, infuses her with desire.

Ben knows he is a cold, cynical man and relishes his reputation. He wants Daphne to leave Hugh alone as he believes her to be a fortune-hunting beauty. After all, he has a scantily clad picture of her in his study. Ben vowed to his dead friend Robert to care for his younger brother – which equates to arranging a happy marriage for Hugh. Miss Honeycote won’t do, and he can threaten her with his painting to get her away from Hugh and him…or so he thinks.

In desperate need of funds for her mother’s medicine, Daphne had posed for two scandalous paintings, believing they would never back to haunt her. Now, as a debutante, she fears more for the scandal that will befall her family were this secret known, than for her own reputation. Despite the cantankerous earl’s warnings, kind Daphne can’t forget Ben’s mesmerizing blue eyes, or ignore the pain in his legs and heart.

When Ben offers to find the second portrait for Daphne in exchange for her staying away from Hugh, a relationship was formed. But could the earl come to want Daphne herself, and could the beauty heal the beast?

This story is reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast, yet it also breaks the mold. Ben is moody and in pain, emotionally and physically. His leg injury from the war is severe to the point of constant discomfort, yet he refuses to have it amputated. In part due to this, he is unwilling to open up to others, preferring solitude as his manner often scares people away.  But despite his gruff cynicism, he is honest with Daphne and is slowly captivated by Daphne’s shimmering, brilliant beauty, and the light to which she brought his world.

“She shone from the inside, and it made him uncomfortably and acutely aware of the cold, damp, dark foxhole that was his life.” (pg 26)

Despite her lovely and demure exterior, Daphne has a heart of steel underneath. Worrying that she might bring shame upon her newly gained family, she set out to rectify the matter. Perpetually considerate, Daphne is always putting the happiness of others ahead of her own, like a golden angel. Her outward cheerfulness conceals her dichotomic inner nature – her ingrained serenity and insecurities, to the point that she seems to be like any other fresh debutante, which is merely a delicate mask, for her unmistakable glow is effervescent and ethereal.

In healing Ben mentally and physically, Daphne gains a self-assurance and confidence for herself, no longer depending on her older sister as the family problem-solver. Her emergence as a true butterfly throughout the story is a vitalizing force that captured not only Ben’s affection, but that of the readers as well.


“He laced his fingers through hers and squeezed reassuringly. A current shot up his arm and radiated throughout his entire body. ‘You don’t need to be afraid. I’ll find the other painting.’
‘What if you can’t?’
‘I always, always deliver on promises, Daphne.” (pg 87)


In contrast and accompaniment, Ben’s change is swift and sure, as his initial distrust of Daphne quickly dissipates, leaving in place the silhouette of a gentle protector. His emergence as a white knight in shining armor from a brooding beast makes him the perfect supplement to Daphne, and a wonderful hero.

The brilliant characterizations notwithstanding, the plot stands well on its own as a delightful, fun, sweet and engaging story with an enchanting set of secondary characters written in eloquently elegant prose. I truly enjoyed getting to know Daphne and Ben in this story, and greatly anticipate Anne Barton’s coming novels for Olivia and Rose Sherbourne, sisters to the Duke of Huntford.

“If he had any reservations about her character, it was that she was almost too generous and kind. Too good to be true.” (pg 112)

*My thanks for the author for a review copy; review written of my honest opinion

Rating: 5 tulips 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Blog Tour: The Viscount's Vow by Collette Cameron (Review & Interview)


Welcome to the blog tour for The Viscount's Vow by Collette Cameron, hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.

About the book:
Publication Date: September 4, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Blurb: Amidst murder and betrayal, destiny and hearts collide when scandal forces a nobleman and a gypsy to marry in this Regency Romance.

Half Romani, half English noblewoman, Evangeline Caruthers is the last woman in England Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick, could ever love—an immoral wanton responsible for his brother’s and father’s deaths. She thinks he’s a foul-tempered blackguard, who after setting out to cause her downfall, finds himself forced to marry her—snared in the trap of his own making.

When Vangie learns the marriage ceremony itself may have been a ruse, she flees to her gypsy relatives, declaring herself divorced from Ian under Romani law. He pursues her to the gypsy encampment, and when the handsome gypsy king offers to take Ian’s place in Vangie’s bed, jealousy stirs hot and dangerous. 

At last, under a balmy starlit sky, Ian and Vangie breech the chasm separating them. Peril lurks though. Ian’s the last in his line, and his stepmother intends to dispose of the newlyweds so her daughter can inherit his estate. Only by trusting each other can they overcome scandal and murderous betraya
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I asked Collette some interview questions and she has graciously provided me with detailed answers:


1. As you were a voracious reader of romance, what made you decide to become a historical romance writer?
Well, I truly had no intention of ever writing a historical romance. I thought someday I might write a book of some kind, but it never crossed my mind to try to write a romance. Too hard, I thought! All that dialogue and conflict.  

I had a scene pop into my head one day, and as I played it out in my mind, I wondered if I could write an entire story around it. I did. My first book, Highlander’s Hope is the result. Of course, once the writing bug bit me, I was hooked.

2. What research did you do for The Viscount's Vow?
The main focus of my research for The Viscount’s Vow was about the Romani; their culture, customs, language, laws, religion, entertainment, dress, food... you name it, I probably researched it. I fell in love with the Roma as a result. One of the greatest things I learned was some Roma expressions. For example, “It is easier to milk a cow that stands still,”  and when a woman is pregnant, hubby takes over all her duties so the women can pamper her.

I also had to do some extensive research on plants and herbs used for medicinal purposes but that could also, if used incorrectly could kill someone and have the symptoms mirror a natural death.  That’s why I used ewe berries in the story. They can mimic a heart attack or stroke.

Another area I had to study (thank goodness for a critique partner who is an expert in this area) was addressing nobility and the proper use of titles. 

3. What made you want to write a half-Romani heroine?
I wanted Vangie to have a heritage she was proud of, but that the beau monde (society in general) would deem inferior. It was important to me that she be able to overcome the prejudices by revealing what a noble people her people really were. Ian also had to overcome some preconceived notions about his part gypsy wife.

4. How did you come up with the plot for this story?
I’m chuckling because the plot for The Viscount’s Vow kept interrupting the writing of Highlander’s Hope. I kept getting ideas and had to tell Vangie and Ian to wait their turn. I’m a pantser, but I do have basic plot points I want to include in my stories.

I’ve had a few people express they think the villain in the story is over-the-top, which is fine, but the average person hasn’t dealt with someone who is truly insane. I have, and my villain’s behavior isn’t off the mark. In that respect, that portion of the plot was built upon my personal experience.

5. What story are you working on now/next? 
I just finished The Earl’s Enticement, the third book in the trilogy. It’s Roark and Adaira’s story. They were introduced in Highlander’s Hope. My next book is a stand-alone about Flynn Templeton, the Earl of Luxmoore. He was mentioned in The Viscount’s Vow, but really introduced in The Earl’s Enticement.


Thank you for your fabulous answers, Collette, I look forward to The Earl's Enticement. And now...for my
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Review: 
Believing Evangeline (Vangie) Caruthers to be responsible for his father and brother's death, Ian Hamilton, Viscount Warrick, lies in wait for the perfect opportunity to ruin her. Yet, in spite of his personal protests, he notices every nuance of her expression, every step of her graceful dancing, and the slightest twitch of her smile. 


"Had he imagined it, or had her steps faltered and her shoulders slumped, just the merest bit? Was her smile a little strained? Ian stared, searching her face. No, she smiled as brightly as ever." (pg 10/428)

And even when his mind for vengeance won out, he still retained enough morals to help Vangie when she fainted for lack of air -- though he planned to ruin her in the beginning -- which unfortunately landed them in a compromising situation as a result as his trying to help her breathe, and thus, the forced-marriage trope was employed. 

My initial opinion of Ian as an honorable rogue changes quickly enough. Yes, he is a scoundrel of the first order, but he is also misguided and doubles as a villain for most of the story. As the story has more from his perspective than Vangie's, the streak of cruelness within his character arises quickly and it takes him a long time to channel that strong emotion into something more subtle, to like and love. Unsurprisingly, the latter is the biggest challenge for Ian, as he holds Vangie in such contempt, as well as veiled prejudice against her Romani blood. Vangie is the quintessential pure and beautiful heroine, who has a heart of gold and astounding gentleness despite her situation (being snubbed by the ton for her birth). She is also not a complete pushover, which is evident when she defiantly runs away from Ian after their marriage. Vangie is a very emphatic character, which makes her a nice counterpart to Ian's harsh coldness, in ways like Christine to Erik in Phantom of the Opera, but for the Ian holds a grudge against her. 

The story's resolution was done nicely, tying up loose ends and giving a finish to the true villain of the book, who didn't emerge immediately amidst the tangled emotions of the protagonists. The historical research I greatly enjoyed, especially the story takes place in both Regency London and Romani dwellings, with detailed points of each setting that makes it distinct and colorful. I will certainly be anticipating Collette Cameron's next work. 


To find out more about Collette Cameron, please visit her links:
Website | Facebook | Goodreads

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Collette will be awarding a $25.00 Amazon gift card and an e-copy of Highlander's Hope, the first book in the series, to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. 

I hope you enjoyed the interview and you can find the following blog tour here:
October 14: The Most Happy Reader 
October 15: Bunny's Review
October 16: Bookgirl Knitting PROMO
October 17: Andi's Book Reviews
October 18: Reviews Unleashed
October 21: Love Saves the World
October 21 SECOND STOPLisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
October 22: Writing Novels That Sell
October 23: Book Reviews by Xunaira J.
October 24: Rachel Brimble Romance
October 25: Buried Under Romance
October 28: Stitch Read Cook
October 29: Queen of the Night Reviews
October 30: My Devotional Thoughts PROMO
October 31: Punya Reviews...
October 31 SECOND STOP Books and Other Spells
November 1: It's Raining Books 
November 4: Dawn's Reading Nook Blog
November 4 SECOND STOP Once Upon A Book REVIEW ONLY
November 5: Sharing Links and Wisdom
November 6: Romantic Historical Lovers REVIEW ONLY
November 7: Journey with Books
November 8: WriterAshleyL

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition (#4)


Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. 

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Tin of Love Saves the World and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

So, the novel I'm featuring is...

                                                    A Dangerous Love (Swanlea Spinsters, #1)
                              A Dangerous Love by Sabrina Jeffries, published in March, 2006

Blurb:

He was playing a dangerous masquerade...Griff Knighton′s found the perfect way to avoid being trapped into marriage with one of the Earl of Swanlea′s daughters: he′ll swap identities with his man of affairs during their next visit to Swan Park, and be free to pursue his own desires! After all, he′s not about to marry some homely spinster just to claim his rightful title. But Griff didn′t reckon on the brazen, voluptuous Rosalind, who could tempt even a saint into sinning, and Griff is no saint. She was determined to unmask him...

To find out more about Sabrina Jeffries and her books, click the links below:
                                Website | Goodreads | Facebook

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I really like Sabrina Jeffries's books. Her most recent series is The Duke's Men, of which its second book is coming out in January, 2014. You can also read my review of the first book in the series -- What the Duke Desires 

Now, head over to Tin @ Love Saves the World for her pick of the week.  Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading has also joined us, so be sure to visit her blog as well. :-)

Fellow historical romance readers are welcome to join us. (If you do, leave your link in the comments? If we get more people to join, we can figure out a linky system.)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Blitz Stop: The Guise of a Gentleman (EXCERPT) by Donna Hatch


Welcome to the one day blitz for The Stranger She Married by Donna Hatch, hosted by Irresistible Reads Book Tour!

About the book:
Publication Date: October 7, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Blurb: The widowed Elise is a perfect English lady living within the confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for freedom and adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret. A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared accepts one last assignment before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared's past...or still love him when the truth is revealed.
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Book Excerpt

“You are a woman of great courage to face those cutthroats.”
As he lay on the ground, his fingers closed around hers as if she were a lifeline. Her late husband’s hands had always been smooth and soft, the hands of a gentleman, so unlike this man’s calluses which bespoke hard work. She marveled at their size and at the tingles that traveled up her arm. A flush crept over her face as she realized the direction of her thoughts. “I saw a cruel act and felt compelled to intervene. I could do nothing less.” His eyes darted over her face and he said in a stronger voice, “They might have turned on you.”
“I’m an excellent shot.”
“And did you not consider that you may have been in danger from me as well?”
Elise suspected many women found him a very great danger, but not for the reason he spoke. He closed his eyes, and his face relaxed. “Your hands are so soft,” he whispered, his fingers tightening over hers. “My mother used to stroke my hair like you did a moment ago.” He brought her hand to his face and pressed it against his cheek as if hungry for human touch.
Torn between wanting to comfort him and achingly aware of the impropriety of his conduct, she turned her hand over and rested it against his cheek. She couldn’t remember when she’d touched a man in such an intimate manner. It felt right somehow. And that terrified her.
She slowly removed her hand. “Are you well enough to be moved? Or should I send for a doctor?”
“Not necessary. I merely need to rest a moment.”
He slowly pushed himself up, breathing harshly against hidden pain, but then steadied himself. As he leaned forward and shifted his position, his unbuttoned shirt exposed a shocking amount of his chest. Muscular and broad, it provided a tempting sight. She’d never even seen Edward so scantily clad. Her late husband had been the perfect English gentleman, always immaculately dressed.
She flushed deeper when she realized she had failed to look away from the indecent sight of this stranger’s dishabille. Guilt tugged at her heart for betraying Edward’s memory by looking at another man so wantonly. The stranger ran his tongue along his lip and she watched the motion as if hypnotized.
His eyes softened. “My beautiful angel.” He cupped her cheek, leaned in, and kissed her softly.

Too startled to react, she froze. His lips brushed against hers, light as a whisper and more provocative. His fingers slid to the back of her neck and held her firmly in place. His thumb stroked her cheek while his lips grew more insistent. The passion contained in such a gentle contact astonished her. For a blissful moment, she allowed her lips to melt into his, reveling in the long-absent touch of a man. 


About the Author: 
Author of Historical Romance and Fantasy, award-winning author Donna Hatch is a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter. Her writing awards include the Golden Rose and the prestigious Golden Quill. Her passion for writing began at age 8 she wrote her first short story, and she wrote her first full-length novel during her sophomore year in high school, a fantasy which was later published. In between caring for six children, (7 counting her husband), her day job, her work as a freelance editor and copywriter, and her many volunteer positions, she still makes time to write. After all, writing IS an obsession.  All of her heroes are patterned after her husband of over 20 years, who continues to prove that there really is a happily ever after.
  
Author links:
Website | Facebook | Goodreads

The author is also offering a $5 Amazon Gift Card
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please click on the image to visit the other participating blogs to find out more about the book!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition (#3)


Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. 

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Tin of Love Saves the World and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

So, the novel I'm featuring is...

                                                    The Duke of Shadows
                               The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran, published in March, 2008 

Blurb:
From exotic sandstone palaces... 

Sick of tragedy, done with rebellion, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. But when the pillars of privilege topple, her fiancĂ©'s betrayal leaves Emma no choice. She must turn for help to the one man whom she should not trust, but cannot resist: Julian Sinclair, the dangerous and dazzling heir to the Duke of Auburn. 

To the marble halls of London... 

In London, they toast Sinclair with champagne. In India, they call him a traitor. Cynical and impatient with both worlds, Julian has never imagined that the place he might belong is in the embrace of a woman with a reluctant laugh and haunted eyes. But in a time of terrible darkness, he and Emma will discover that love itself can be perilous -- and that a single decision can alter one's life forever.

Destiny follows wherever you run. 

A lifetime of grief later, in a cold London spring, Emma and Julian must finally confront the truth: no matter how hard one tries to deny it, some pasts cannot be disowned...and some passions never die.

To find out more about Meredith Duran and her books, click the links below:
                                Website | Goodreads | Facebook

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This is her debut work as she is a relatively new author (2008-)

One of my Waiting on Wednesday posts has her upcoming book - Fool Me Twice, and here's a review of A Lady's Lesson in Scandal. To put it simply, her stories are one of the most poignant and heartfelt I've read. Extremely visceral, it seizes your heart and makes you hurt with the character's pain. 

Now, head over to Tin @ Love Saves the World for her pick of the week.  Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading has also joined us, so be sure to visit her blog as well. :-)



Fellow historical romance readers are welcome to join us. (If you do, leave your link in the comments? If we get more people to join, we can figure out a linky system.)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Review: The Reluctant Countess by Wendy Vella

The Reluctant Countess by Wendy Vella
Publication date: January 14, 2013
Publisher: Random House LLC Loveswept
Goodreads | Amazon

This was a fantastic read with endearing characters and a very engaging plot. From start to finish I was absolutely in love with the leads, Sophie and Patrick.

When Sophie, the newly widowed Countess of Monmouth takes London ballrooms like a storm, every male is enchanted by her beauty and offset by her cold demeanor. She's not who she seems to be, and Patrick, the Earl of Coulter, has decided to uncover all of Sophie's secrets while trying to deny his blinding attraction to her...he couldn't.

Every aspect of this novel, from the characters to the plot and the romance, was superb. They sexual attraction between Sophie and Patrick is enough to melt these pages, yet they are both loyal and caring characters. Sophie is very strong, coming from a unique background and hiding her identity to protect those important to her. Beyond her tough exterior, however, is a fragile heart of gold that Patrick vehemently protects.

Patrick did not initially appeal to me, as his lust took over his brain a few times. However, how he begs for forgiveness from Sophie endears him to me, as a flawed yet conscientious hero, fitting to be with Sophie's flawed yet caring self.

There's also a side romance between Sophie's friend Amelia and Patrick's friend Stephen, that provides great entertaining for the story. The ending with these four characters is also very well done, and packaged together is a story of acceptance and everlasting love.

Rating: 4 tulips 
*I received an ARC from NetGalley.


Review: The Singular Miss Carrington by Barbara Hazard



The Singular Miss Carrington
Publication date: December 31, 2007 (first published August 7, 2984)
Publisher: Signet Regency Romance
Goodreads | Amazon

The title says it all.
Miss Claire Carrington has been raised by a rather unique spinster aunt, who had the effect of giving her a frank manner of speech, no tonnish manners and behaviors, a love of adventure, and a desire to maintain her own independence and not marry. Upon eavesdropping on a conversation in which the heiress Claire claimed she did not want to marry, Andrew Tyson, the Marquess of Blaydon, concocted a scheme to have a fake betrothal to escape his marriage-minded mother. Claire was delighted to be of help to Andrew, but made terms that they must not fall in love with each other. Thus begins the not-so-courtship friendship between Claire and Andrew, leading to a singular love.

Claire and Andrew are unique characters who are both stubborn and unyielding at times. Claire, with her unusual upbringing, constantly scandalizes the ton and Andrew. In their initial meetings Andrew tries to conform Claire to "normal" behaviors - ballroom dancing, wearing fashionable clothing - while Claire slowly grabs at his heart with her kindness, intelligence, and devotion to her painting. One of my favorite scenes was when Andrew learned of how formidable his dear Claire - confronting a thug with a pistol - and he realized that he is no match for her uniqueness. The first half of the book told of their relationship from stranger to friend, to best friend and eventually realizing their love for each other, while the other half involved Claire's refusal of Andrew and their reconciliation with the help of one very good Duke of Severn.

All in all, this was a delightful read, and I especially enjoyed Claire's character as one of "worldly innocence." For someone to be so well-read and yet innocent in the dealings of the heart was an ingenious combination, and one I've come to love. I initially thought Andrew to be too rigid and set in his ways, but he slowly warms to Claire's unconventional behaviors and falls deeply in love with her. When his past is revealed, it shed light on how Andrew lost what would have become amusement and love had Claire not come by. The other important character, the Duke of Severn, was such a supporter of the two that I can't wait to read his own story in The Dreadful Duke.

I am extremely glad to have found a copy of this book, and sincerely wish that it could be made available on e-formats so more readers can enjoy this wonderful story.

Rating: 4.5 tulips 

Book Blogger Hop (#4): Halloween Edition

31 Days of Halloween

Book Blogger Hop
Halloween Edition:
What scary book would you like turned into a feature film?
I fear my answers for the Halloween editions will be very mundane, because I don't like scary things. >.< If you've read my answer to last week's Book Blogger Hop, I neither read scary books nor watch horror films, so I'd like to stay far away from them. So...my short answer is N/A.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #3

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Feature and Follow Friday is a meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read


General rules to Feature & Follow Friday:

1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers (This week is Bewitched Bookworms and Fiktshun)

3. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"

4. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers

This Week's Question: Feature Your Own Favorite Blogger!


My feature - Ki Pha of Doing Some Reading

I met Ki Pha through Goodreads and we became friends before I started blogging. Ki features posts, giveaways, memes and other goodies on her blog. We have discussed Korean dramas, our lives, love of books, how to deal with an Asian family (lol) and she has given my plenty of life advice and great conversation. She is a great friend and you must visit her blog!

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