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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Book Review: The Once and Future Duchess by Sophia Nash

The Once and Future Duchess (Royal Entourage, #4)
The Once and Future Duchess by Sophia Nash
Publication date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Avon
Series: Royal Entourage #4
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~~Reviewed by Lisa~~
Isabelle Tremont, Duchess of March, is a Duchess in her own right due to the death of her father not having had any male heirs. She is eighteen and has taken on the many responsibilities of the fifth largest duchy in the country with intelligence, courage, determination and a strong sense of duty. For someone so young she has many things about the world figured out; the biggest that passion is a rare gift that takes courage to embrace, it completes your life and everyone deserves it! She always has a bright and cheerful disposition and outlook on life despite feeling rejected by her mother, who abandoned her and her father, and her father for being disappointed that she was a girl not a boy. 

James Fitzroy, Duke of Candover is 31 and struggles with always doing the right thing. He was a friend of Isabelle’s father and had great faith in her ability to do her father proud. He has no desire to marry and sees it as a duty to the duchy, but one that he is not in a rush to fulfill. He would rather be out in the world exploring and discovering new things, not responsible for the many people that he is.

Book Review: The Kindling Heart by Carmen Caine

The Kindling Heart (The Highland Heather and Hearts Scottish Romance Series, #1)
The Kindling Heart by Carmen Caine
Publication date: April 10, 2011
Publisher: Bento Box Books
Series: Royal Entourage #4
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~~Reviewed by Debbie~~
THE KINDLING HEART is a wonderful start to THE HIGHLAND HEATHER AND HEARTS SCOTTISH ROMANCE Series.  Carmen Caine has started this series with story full of intrigue, adventure, danger and romance.  

Bree didn’t understand!  What had she done now?  It wasn’t unusual for her stepfather to be angry with her, but why was he calling her “whore, harlot”?  She knew it would lead to another beating, while her mother looked the other way.  

Saturday Discussion: How Do You Choose?

Welcome back, fellow romance lovers. Time to get comfy for the weekend, preferably with a good book or two. Or three. Or ten. If you're as buried under romance (and maybe some related genres as well) as I am, picking your next read can be a complicated process. 

Readers today have never had more options from which to choose. Books are widely available, from bookstores, libraries, supermarkets, newsstands, the internet, even our phones. The formats are seemingly endless; hardcover, mass market paperback, trade size paperback, audiobooks, ebooks, novels, novellas, anthologies, collections, new releases, reissues, continuities, series, single title, category, manga, graphic novels, etc. Even within our genre, romance, there's something for everyone, which means there are a lot of books out there. How's a reader to choose?

Friday, May 30, 2014

Cover Reveal: Owning Violet by Monica Murphy

We are so excited to share Monica Murphy's cover for her upcoming sexy contemporary romance, OWNING VIOLET, coming from Random House Bantam. Check out how gorgeous it is! Owning VioletTHICKER#413D29
  ABOUT OWNING VIOLET (NOT THE FINAL BLURB. BLURB WILL CHANGE): The Fowler sisters are New York City’s darlings, heiresses to the Fleur Cosmetics Empire. Quickly put up on a fame hungry pedestal only for the media to lie in wait, eager to tear them down, these three very different young women soon find love in the most unexpected places… OWNING VIOLET coming December 2. Violet Fowler is the good sister. She works hard at her family’s cosmetics company, is faithful to her boyfriend and never causes any trouble. Until Zachary disappoints her yet again with a promotion that will take him to London—and away from her. His leaving sets a new fire within her. What’s the point in being so good when no one else ever is? Someone within Fleur Cosmetics wants that London promotion and will do anything to get it, including throwing temptation in the path of the not-so-faithful Zachary. Ryder McKay came from nothing and has fought every step of the way to his position at Fleur. And now the mysterious charmer has set his sights on Violet. If it worked for Zachary, it could work for him. Seducing the good Fowler sister is easy. What Ryder doesn’t count on is how much Violet makes him feel. What started out as revenge soon becomes something deeper. Can Ryder go through with his plans to deceive Violet? Or is he only deceiving himself? Other books in series: STEALING ROSE coming spring 2015 TAMING LILY coming summer 2015 (tentative release dates)
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Blog Tour: Bad Girls Don't Marry Marines (Excerpt + Giveaway)

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  • a Digital Set of Books One and Two of the Rock Canyon Romance Series, THINGS GOOD GIRLS DON'T DO and GOOD GIRLS DON'T DATE ROCK STARS
About the Book:
Bad girls finally have their day in Codi Gary newest sexy, fun contemporary romance from the town of Rock Canyon.
The bad girl who stole his heart…

Valerie Willis has done it all: tattoos, one-night stands, even strip-poker. And now, she can add getting a messy public divorce to that list. Back in her hometown of Rock Canyon, Val just wants to bury her head and wait for the scandal to pass. But when she suddenly finds herself at a single’s weekend face-to-face with former flame Justin Silverton, hiding from her heart - and the sexy Marine - won’t be that simple.

Is just too good to let go…

It’s been ten years since Justin kissed Val, but he still remembers the way they just seemed to…fit. Since then he’s served his country and helped his father keep their ranch intact, but he never forgot Val or her wild ways. So when a twist of fate brings him the chance to chase her across state lines and spend a weekend winning her heart, Justin’s all in. Because when he sees something he wants, he fights for it. And he’s ready to fight for the right to call this bad girl his one and only. 
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Release Day: Read to Me by Nona Raines (Except + $25 GC Giveaway)

Read to Me by Nona Raines
Published by The Wild Rose Press (a Scarlet rosette)
Genre: Erotic M/F novella
Releasing: May 30, 2014


perf5.000x8.000.inddAt the age of forty-four, Blaise Blankenship believes her own opportunity for romance has long since passed until she accidentally lands in the lap of a sexy stranger. She and the handsome Latino connect over an afternoon at a local bookstore, sharing their love of erotica. Blaise is swept away by an impetuous, hot, "no last names" night together. But the morning after reveals a truth she can't ignore—or avoid.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blog Tour: An Absent Mind by Eric Rill (Guest Post + Giveaway)

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  • One randomly chosen commenter will win a $50 Amazon/ gift card.
About the Book:
A riveting new novel from Eric Rill, author of Pinnacle of Deceit and The Innocent Traitor, is about a race against time. The ticking time bomb is Saul Reimer’s sanity. His Alzheimer’s is going to be the catalyst that will either bring his family together or tear it apart.

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My Math 
Okay, so my left brain is somewhat wanting. Well, that’s probably an understatement. In fact, if it weren’t for calculators, I would still be using my fingers to count. But, even with that deficiency, I find it quite easy to come to a very important, rational conclusion about the following facts and figures.
The government spends $550 million every year on Alzheimer’s. (It spends $2.7 billion on cancer, $2 billion on heart disease, and $3 billion on HIV/AIDS.) And guess what it costs a year to take care of dementia patients? How about over $200 billion? Yes that was billion with a “b”. So you do the math, and unless you know something I don’t, this makes no sense.
Rates of heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDs are declining. Alzheimer’s rates are going through the roof. There are 5.5 million in the United States alone suffering from this disease (35 million worldwide), and the numbers are projected to double by 2020.
And what about the caregivers? Add them in, and the numbers of people dealing with Alzheimer’s are off the charts. The Alzheimer’s Association states that one in six women over 65 will get the disease, along with one in eleven men. That equates to one in nine people over 65 in the United States will get Alzheimer’s—oh, and by the age of 85, it’s one in two people.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I think something is very wrong here—costs running crazy, people dying a horrible death, and yet when someone like Seth Rogen goes to Capital Hill to plead for more funding for research, all he gets is a couple of senators who hang around to listen to him.
I wish I could end this blog with a good idea of how to rectify this situation, but, frankly, I’m baffled.

I only hope it doesn’t take family members of senators or congressmen being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to change the model for allocating medical research. That would be a shame. Hopefully they will act before that happens.
Saul: The Façade

It’s been almost two years since they told me how sick and useless I was. I am able to keep it more or less together most days. And I stress days, because by dinnertime my mind is exhausted. I never knew you could have an exhausted mind, but I do now. The sheer weight of having to pretend I am normal all day for my friends, or the store clerks, feels like a boulder around my neck. What happens toward sundown is like when you hear the snap, crackle, and pop when the transistors in your old television go bad. Everything numbs and becomes foggy. Sights, sounds, and smells meld into a ball and explode toward the sky. It’s as if I’m not the same person I was when I got up.

As of now anyway, I can see everything I want to say as clear as ice. It’s right there on a blackboard in front of me, spelled out perfectly. But then to actually say what’s written on the blackboard isn’t always a piece of cake. Sometimes it’s easy, like it is right now. I know what I’m saying to you is coherent and that my vocabulary is correct—but that could suddenly change and become difficult, sometimes impossible.

In the morning, I can be happy—well, maybe not happy, but not feeling sorry for myself. It’s different by lunch—if I remember to eat, and I generally do because it’s on my list, although I have been known to leave my pad somewhere and not be able to find it; if that happens, Monique usually reminds me. At least I think she does. Regardless, by lunchtime things generally start to go downhill.

Today, while I was sitting in my easy chair, she bent down to kiss me and brought her hand quickly to her mouth.

“Whew,” she said, or something like that. “You didn’t brush your teeth. Why did you check it off?”

I didn’t bother answering, not because she was interrupting my soap opera—I really wasn’t focusing anyway—but because I didn’t know the answer. Maybe I didn’t check the toothbrush to see if it was wet or dry, like I’ve been doing. Then she scolded me, like it was my fault. First they tell you you’re sick because you can’t remember anything and then they give you hell for not remembering.

The doorbell rang, and Monique disappeared for a minute, reappearing with Arthur Winslow in tow. I was standing there with the telephone receiver in my hand. Monique took it from me and put it back in the cradle.

Arthur was in high school with me and was actually the one who squealed to the principal that I was the one who decked Ian Coulter. Coulter, even though one of the great anti-Semites of all time, lived by a code of honor and wouldn’t have turned me in, but Arthur did, and I understand why. You see, Arthur was the goody-goody of the class. He would have turned in his own mother if she had done something wrong. But other than squealing on me, he was a true and trusted friend.

Arthur lives down the street—at least I think he still does—and faithfully drops in to see me. Sometimes I think he has nothing else to do. I can’t tell if he has missed any days visiting, or, if so, how many, but that doesn’t matter now. What I do know is he cares, and I hope he keeps coming, even if I don’t recognize him one day.

I already know that there will come a time when I won’t know him, or people like Bernie. Frankly, I don’t give a damn if I don’t recognize Bernie—in fact, that could be the Lord’s gift to me, something to make up for what lies ahead. What does bother me—in fact, scares the hell out of me—is not recognizing the kids. As inconceivable as that seems, they say it will happen as sure as night follows day. Who, you may ask, are they? I remember when I was a kid, my grandmother would always quote the almighty they. I would ask her, “Who are they, Granny?” She would always answer, “You know, they.” I think maybe she had Alzheimer’s!

Author Bio’s
Eric Rill was born in Montreal and graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts, and from UCLA with an MBA. He held several executive positions in the hospitality industry, including president of a global hotel group. His hobbies include trekking, scuba diving, and collecting antique carpets.  Eric has two sons and divides his time between his residence in Panama and international travel. You can reach him at his website at:

Mary: It's great to meet a Cornell grad! 
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Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition #30

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...
Scandal in Spring
   Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas, published in 2006

After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman's father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can't snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses—the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.
Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, and she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone . . . anyone . . . other than Matthew. But she doesn't count on Matthew's unexpected charm . . . or the blazing sensuality that soon flares beyond both their control. And Daisy discovers that the man she has always hated just might turn out to be the man of her dreams.
But right at the moment of sweet surrender, a scandalous secret is uncovered . . . one that could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy's wildest fantasies.

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

Again on my Lisa Kleypas marathon...(and because I've become lazy) and this is my 2nd favorite out of her Wallflowers series! :) 

Now, head over to Tin @ Love Saves the World and Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading for their pick of the week.

Fellow historical romance readers are welcome to join us. Enter your link below so we can visit your TBT: HR Edition post for the week! (Then go here to copy the Link code to your blogs.)

Happy Reading! 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Blog Tour: Always a Stranger by Amara Royce (Interview + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Buried Under Romance welcomes Amara Royce today, for an interview~ :)

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  • Two Digital Copies of ALWAYS A STRANGER or $20.00 Amazon or B&N Gift Card 
About the Book:
When two worlds collide, anything is possible. . .
An international affair, London's Great Exhibition has taken the city by storm. As its newest Royal Commissioner, Lord Skyler Ridgemont must ensure the performers are properly contracted. Among them is the delicate and graceful Hanako Sumaki. Draped in vivid silk robes, Hanako's exotic Japanese fan dance captivates Skyler--and he longs to learn more about her. . .
But Hanako's enigmatic employer keeps his exquisite charge very close. The consummate artist, she shows the handsome nobleman many faces, but never her true heart, which holds a desperate secret. When Skyler learns the real reason Hanako has been brought to London, he will risk his entire world to win her trust--and save her from losing both body and soul. It's a feat that will require the type of courage only love can give. . .

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What inspired Always a Stranger?

My initial motivation for ALWAYS A STRANGER was simply that I wanted to write about characters I wasn't often seeing in historical romances, particularly those set in the 19th century. For instance, my first book NEVER TOO LATE featured a 40-year-old widow who owned a bookshop; her age and occupation made her a relatively rare heroine. I also wasn't seeing much diversity in the main characters of British-set historical romances. I loved Meredith Duran's DUKE OF SHADOWS, which features a half-Indian hero, and Mary Jo Putney's ANGEL ROGUE, which features a half-Native American heroine. I wanted more of that! What sparked Hanako's character in particular was a combination of visuals I encountered while doing research for NEVER TOO LATE. I happened upon some PUNCH cartoons depicting the Chinese in Victorian London and some examples of Japanese ukiyo-e art (some of which featured courtesans of the Edo period). Somehow these inspirations clicked into a clear vision of Hanako as the central figure of ALWAYS A STRANGER.

Release Day Blitz: A Gentleman Always Finds Out by Layna Pimentel

Historical Romance w/some sensuality (3 flame)
Short Story/Novella
Word Count: 19,000/ 59 pages
Ruined and jilted, Mariah Harris, with her cousin, plots against the rogue who dared to insult her and her family. What she doesn’t expect is for their plan to lead them astray…on the wrong side of the law.

Julian Kingsley is ready to give up working for the crown, only he’s given one last mission. He agrees, but gets more than he bargains for. When a dalliance with a mysterious woman suddenly reveals her connections to his case, he’s honor bound to turn her in, but his heart can’t seem to give her up.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Blog Tour: Rescued by the Buccaneer by Normandie Alleman (Except + Giveaway)

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  • One randomly chosen commenter will win a $50 Amazon/ gift card.
About the Book:
When Frederica Beauchamp boards a ship for the Americas, she dreams of a life filled with adventure, but she gets more than she bargained for when her passenger ship is attacked by pirates. The heartless men kidnap her and force her to serve their captain—a fate that might be worse than death, since though he does not have his way with her, the captain delights in baring her, shaming her, and thrashing her bare bottom as punishment for every imagined disobedience. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Blog Tour: Heat by Jamie K. Schmidt (Excerpt + Giveaway)

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  • Grand Prize - $25 e-retailer gift card or Ebook copy of HEAT and Loveswept Tote and Mug (Rafflecopter below)
About the Book:
Style and seduction collide in Jamie K. Schmidt’s Heat—sure to please fans of Fifty Shades of Grey—as the world’s best-dressed men and women shed their clothing . . . and their inhibitions.
On the run from her abusive fiancé, ER doctor Mallory Bryant arrives at her sister’s Connecticut resort desperate for a place to restore balance to her life. But Club Inferno is more than a haven for the rich and fashionable. Beneath its elegant facade is an erotic playground where dominants and submissives play out their fantasies. At first, Mallory is wary of Max Spencer, the martial arts trainer acting as her bodyguard—until he introduces her to passion so intense she wants nothing more than to surrender to his touch.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Review: A Night With the Bride by Kate McKinley

A Night with the Bride (By Invitation Only, #3)
A Night with the Bride by Kate McKinley
Publication date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Forever Romance
Series: By Invitation Only #3
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~~Reviewed by Ezrah~~
A Night with the Bride is Kate McKinley's third book in her By Invitation Only series.  I had read Kate McKinley's How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days and was blown away by the story despite it being a novella.  A Night with the Bride is another story, however.  I was really disappointed by the book, with the overall plot.  I guess this comes from my loving the last book that I read so I expected this to be just as good. 
This is a novella and it read like a novella.  There was very little character building at all and I breezed through it in about an hour thinking that the story really lacked something...more.
The main characters Gabrielle and Nicholas are likeable enough but there really isn't much to commend them both.  I felt that Gabriella was a bit flighty and didn't grow to like her at all.  Nicholas, on the other hand is the type of hero that I like: brooding with a lot of baggage but he came off as too mean (for lack of a better word).  Maybe because there wasn't more romance building between the two?
When it is finally revealed what Nicholas has been hiding and why he has a reputation to be unattainable, I didn't really feel anything at all.  It just felt like fact and not something that I empathized with.
Although I did not like the plot, I must commend Ms. McKinley about writing the sex scenes.  They were really tastefully done and it drove the plot of the story.

*Review copy complimentary of the publisher via Netgalley; yes it’s an honest review


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Saturday Discussion: Never Forget Your First Time

Hi everyone, welcome to a new event on Buried Under Romance - Saturday Discussion!

They say you never forget your first time. I was eleven when it happened, under the big brass bed in my parents' guest bedroom, during a thunderstorm. I’d known I was in for something I’d never experienced before, something unknown and thrilling, a grand adventure my parents would stop if they could. My father disapproved of the whole idea, and my mother had told me, in no uncertain terms, that I was too young for something this adult, and yet…and yet, the object of my desire called to me, a siren song I could not refuse.

Between those covers –the covers of my very first historical romance novel- I found what I wanted to read and write for the rest of my life. So far, so good. With book in one hand and flashlight in the other, I traveled back in time, to the misty Highlands of Scotland, took a sea journey to find myself plunged into the splendor and intrigue of the Ottoman Empire. Within those pages, I lived a life far removed from my suburban upbringing, and I learned that people who lived hundreds of years and thousands of miles away from me wanted the same things. Love, adventure, family, security, purpose and friendship are universal, not restricted to any one time or place, which means the possibilities for a great romance story are unlimited. That’s great, because we have a lot to discuss.

My name is Anna Bowling, and I'm a romance writer, romance blogger, romance reader, and most of all, romance lover. The only thing as fun as writing or reading a great romance novel is talking about them, and that's why I'm excited to be here with all of you for the first of our Saturday discussions. Every week, we'll have a new topic concerning the books and authors who contribute to the romance genre we all love, so get comfy and get ready to share your favorites. 

As this is our first time together, it’s only fitting that we examine how we got here. Though I’d always gravitated to fairy tales and myths about star-crossed lovers, my love affair with romance novels began when I stole a copy of The Kadin by Bertrice Small from my mother’s nightstand, and there was no turning back. I pilfered my mother's nightstand until she knew there was nothing that could keep me from reading my new favorite genre. I scoured the library, flea markets, bookstores both new and used, and, when the time came to begin writing my own stories, there was no doubt in my mind what genre was right for me. While historical romance is and always will be my favorite, I've read wonderful stories set in the past, present, and future, as well as in mystical worlds of the imagination. Romance novels open the door to countless lifetimes of love, and I can't think of a better way to spend my reading time. 

So, dear readers, how did you come to be buried under romance? Do you remember your first romance novel? How did you find it? What romance novel would you recommend to a reader who's new to the genre?  Tell us everything; we're dying to know. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Once and Future Duchess by Sophia Nash (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Buried Under Romance welcomes Sophia Nash today, for a guest post on whether Love at First Sight is real. ^_^

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  • TWO Digital Copies of THE DUKE DIARIES, Book Three in the Royal Entourage Series by Sophia Nash (Rafflecopter links in Media Kit)
About the Book:
A duchess in time saves a noble line...

In theory, the Duke of Candover is the most eligible peer in the realm. But in truth, he has a deep aversion to the merest hint of marriage, not to mention two botched engagements which have marked his jaded soul. Now, after a debauched bachelor party that causes public outcry, the Prince Regent is demanding that it's Candover's turn to be brought to heel. And Prinny secretly believes that Isabelle Tremont, the Duchess of March, is precisely the lady up to the challenge.

Isabelle must marry, but a day of reckoning with the man she's loved for years is her greatest fear. If Candover insists she's too young and innocent for a seasoned world-weary man like him, there's no shortage of other candidates. Gentlemen of prestige and position. Gentlemen whose attentions are driving Candover to jealous distraction. Yet one abandoned moment under the stars hints that if they can put aside pride and duty, then a love once denied might just be their destiny.

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[Mary: This is a very inspiring tale on Love at First Sight!!]
Love At First Sight: Fact or Fiction


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