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Monday, January 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Her Deviant Lord by Layna Pimentel (Review + Giveaway)


Buried Under Romance welcomes Layna Pimentel for her book, Her Deviant Lord. Layna is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card via the Rafflecopter below. 

Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Genre: Historical Erotic Romance
Warning: This book has elements of: light bondage, and ménage.
Length: Novella

Bastian Wycliffe, the Earl of Wendelhem, has finally moved on…or so he thought. En-route to a hunting trip after over-indulging the night before, he endures a frightful and terribly embarrassing swoon. He’s seen a ghost and her name is Cordelia Waite, the Duchess of Downsbury.
 Mrs. Weylen, formerly a duchess, has a secret. All it took was the chance meeting in the inn that fateful night for her memories to come back and haunt her. She makes haste returning to London incognito with the intent to clear up misconceptions and to deliver an ultimatum to her former lover.
Yet, when a new found obsession refuses to accept the truth, and her imprisoned husband discovers she’s still alive, their lives and relationship may be in danger. Second chances have never been more precarious.

*For Kobo users: an epub version of this book can be purchased from Secret Cravings Publishing or All Romance eBooks, which is compatible with your ereader*



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Review:
Bastian Wycliffe, the Earl of Wendelhem, never imagined he would swoon, thinking that he saw a ghost. But that woman couldn't be his Cordelia, posing as the widowed Mrs. Weylen, could she? The unique relationship Bastian had with Cordelia, that of domination and submission, was what made him fall in love with her, only to have her abandon him for fates unknown. But now that he knows Cordelia is back, he is not going to let go of her again.

Everyone thought Cordelia Waite, the former Duchess of Downsbury, was dead. All but her husband, who shipped her off for her secret. A series of unfortunate events prevented Cordelia from asking Bastian to elope with her to America the first time, and now she intends to discuss some matters with Bastian before disappearing back into country life.

Suffice it to say, the heat level was intense, as Bastian keeps thinking back to how perfect Cordelia was for him, how his current paramours could not satisfy his unique needs. The unsaid regrets Cordelia had with her past created a poignancy -- as well as urgency -- with her secret and the need to protect it. The previous villain comes back and seeks destruction upon Cordelia a second time, except now she has Bastian as her champion.

This novella was an interesting break in the more calmer romances I typically read. I enjoyed the historical aspect of this story as well as the personalities of these characters and their self-honesty. Moreover, it made the story that much unpredictable that nothing was as it seems, for the reader and for the characters. One can describe this novella as a carriage ride, in which the characters get on at various points of its journey and the ride is, of course, fill of rocky bumps, culminating to the Happily-Ever-After...and one can but guess what goes on within the carriage. ;)

*Review copy courtesy of the blog tour company and the author; it is, of course, my honest review.

Excerpt: 
The marchioness’ voice carried into the foyer as she moved closer, “You must have it wrong, Lewis. Cordelia has been dead for some time now. There must be a mistake…”
The marchioness stopped talking the moment she saw Cordelia. Her face paled, and she quickly raised her hands to muffle a cry before swooning into the arms of the butler. A maid walking by the front entrance screamed. Suddenly, all of the house appeared.
When Lord Thompson came to his wife’s aid, he glanced at Cordelia and then back to his wife. About to take the marchioness into his embrace, he looked at her again, only this time, he registered who she was. “Your Grace, what are you doing here?”
“I have come to clear my—” Boom. The sound of thunder crashed above them. Off behind her, she heard her son wailing as lightening rippled through the sky. She looked back at the wagon as rain pelted it mercilessly. “I have to go now, I cannot stay.”
“Your Grace, please, come in. Your servants are welcome as well. Just have the driver take the coach over to the stable.”
Cordelia waved to Missus Miller. The old woman transferred the crying baby to Cordelia’s arms before she ran off to tell Davy where to bring the cart around.
The marquess ordered the butler and the maid to take his wife to their room, stating he would be along shortly. Then, he addressed Cordelia. “Your Grace, if you will follow me, you can warm up by the fire. Can we provide the baby a dry blanket?”
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About Layna Pimentel:
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Layna discovered her love of reading at an early age. When she isn’t devouring salacious romance novels or writing, she enjoys losing herself in researching ancient history and mythology, weaponry, and hiking. She lives in Northern Ontario, with her husband and two daughters.
Layna is a member of the Romance Writers of America, and is a monthly contributor at 69 Shades of Smut. For updates on her upcoming releases, or to leave her a comment, you can find at:

Blog: laynap.wordpress.com 
Website: www.laynapimentel.com
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorLaynaPimentel
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11 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see what happens with Cordelia.

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  2. this sounds intriguing :) Thanks for sharing!!!

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  3. Wow, this sounds amazing! It sounded like you were going to tell me it was an erotic romance Mary. LOL

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    1. LOL Ki, uh, yes that was something I hinted at.

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  4. A romance involving a ghost of his girl great story line

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  5. Sounds like an interesting novella! Thanks!

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway, love historical romance.

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  7. I'm definitely interested to find out the path that Cordelia chooses to follow. Thanks for the tease!

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  8. Thanks for the great review and giveaway! :)

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  9. Mary, I've tried responding several times, but the blog isn't permitting me to. I just wanted to thank everyone for the lovely comments, and I wish you all the best with the contest.

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