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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Blog Tour: Woo'd in Haste/Wed at Leisure by Sabrina Darby (Interview + Review + Giveaway)

Buried Under Romance welcomes Avon Impulse Sabrina Darby today, for an interview and celebration of her newly released Woo'd In Haste!

** GIVEAWAY Details**
  •  Two Digital Sets of WOO'D IN HASTE & WED AT LEISURE by Sabrina Darby(Rafflecopter links in Media Kit)
About the Books:
Woo’d in Haste- Releasing May 13th, 2014

Miss Bianca Mansfield is ready for her debut. If only her older sister didn't insist on marrying first. She's doomed to wait to find love. Until she meets … him. For Lucian Dorlingsley, Viscount Asquith, recently returned from an extended tour abroad, it is love at first sight. He's determined to meet Bianca, even if it means masquerading as a tutor to her young half-brother. Soon Bianca is torn between love and duty and about to make a desperate decision. Can Lucian calm her fury over his betrayal when he reveals that he's not nearly as improper a match as he seems? And will they ever be able to find a match for her older sister to turn this masquerade into wedded bliss?

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Wed at Leisure- Releasing May 27th, 2014

The stunning follow-up to Darby's Woo'd in Haste.
In all of Sussex—scratch that—in all of England, there is no one prettier than Kate Mansfield, and Peter Colburn, heir to the Duke of Orland, has known that since the age of 15. But since her vivacious nature comes with a temper to match, Peter has always masked his hunger for her behind ruthless teasing. As far as Kate is concerned, there is no one as annoying or as incredibly handsome as Peter. So when he surprises her with a sudden and romantic courtship, Kate is sure this must be his idea of a sick joke.
After all, he's the one man who knows how flawed she really is. And the only man to whom she has ever been so attracted. It's only after she rejects him that she realizes he might actually have been serious. And she just might be regretting her hasty decision. As Kate's determination wars with her traitorous heart, it may be too late. Now she's putting everything, including her reputation, on the line to give this accidental tragedy a happy ending.

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Q: What were the inspirations beyond Woo'd in Haste and Wed at Leisure?

Sabrina: I’ve been on a sisters kick. Many of the themes in my current works in progress involve sisters or siblings in some way. I’m not entirely certain why The Taming of the Shrew popped up in my mind at the moment it did, but I’ve always loved the idea of people being misunderstood by everyone around them, of having good reasons for the not particularly nice things that they do. In Shakespeare’s play, both Bianca and Katharina can be “shrewish” in their own way. 

Q: Both books feature a heroine who is misunderstood and at times vain; what mad entourage want to tackle such challenging heroines?


Sabrina: Bianca and Kate are definitely both vain in their own ways. In Woo’d in Haste, it’s not much of a spoiler to say that the hero, Luc, falls in love with Bianca at first sight based entirely on her outward appearance. Of course, when he learns what is beneath that, he may or may not remain in love. But why these heroines? Because, while Shakespeare’s play was intended to be a farce, it touches on so many very meaningful to me themes.

Q: What are some of the underlying themes in these two books?

Sabrina: And that leads very well into this next question. Some of the themes I see in the book are the love between sisters, the relationship between mothers and their first born daughters, the way two sisters can have completely different relationships with the same mother and therefore have different understandings of each other’s experiences. Youthful impulse, regret and the difficulty of trying to change yourself once you know you need to change. Second chances. 

Q: You are a rising star in historical romance with your novellas; will you write a full length novel in the future?

Sabrina: Thank you for that lovely compliment! I certainly do plan (and have written) to publish full-length novels in the very near future. In fact, from now on any future historical romance novellas will usually be connected to series with full-length novels. (I can’t say the same for my contemporary romance!) 

Q: What's coming next for you and the readers?

Sabrina: I have a whole bunch of exciting projects in the works and I will be updating my website with all that information shortly. So the best way to keep in touch is to sign up for updates at http://SabrinaDarby.com/contact, or follow me at Goodreads.com/SabrinaDarby, Facebook.com/SabrinaDarbyRomance and Twitter.com/SabrinaDarby. And can I make a quick plug here for the new Facebook community Facebook.com/I Love Historical Romance? 

[Mary: Thanks for the interview, Sabrina! And now, for my review: ]
The Coup de Foudre

Lucien Dorlingsley, Viscount Asquith, never thought the proverbial "love at first sight" would strike him, but alas, it did and he fell madly in love with Miss Bianca Mansfield, a most unsuitable choice.

Bianca is unsuitable for the sole reason that her older sister, Kate, must marry before she can, and as Kate is known as a harpy among London society,  Bianca's chances grew slimmer by the minute. Lucien, of course, is not one to be daunted by such an obstacle, and instead gets himself hired as a tutor to Bianca's half-brother, Thomas, in order to get closer to her. The coup de foudre occurs both ways...as Bianca quickly falls for Lucien's charming and easy manner, finding in him a swoon-worthy hero, like those figures in the romance novels she reads, though not quite a Mr. Darcy, or a Mr. Wentworth.

This book is indeed an invocation of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, and what is most interesting is how Bianca is selfishly spoilt, yet believes her sister is the spoilt one. Her initial behavior and thoughts paint her most unfavorably, and the greatest strength in this novella is really how Bianca matures through truly learning to love, accompanied by Lucien's mental maturity through his learning the definition of love - which is certainly not the physical attraction which drew him to Bianca at first. 

I have read and enjoyed all of Sabrina Darby's books, and while I did not like Bianca's character for the reason that I do not like reading about a blatantly vain heroine, I appreciate and respect the challenge Darby took on in her Taming series, of using love as a medium to transform misguided heroines to maturity and depth. It is with great anticipation that I await Kate's story, to see how she, who views Bianca as the one who makes her life miserable, will grow through learning true love and humility. :)
Link to Follow Tour: 
http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/04/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for-wood.html

Author Bio’s
Sabrina Darby has been reading romance since the age of seven and learned her best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from them. Her debut book with Avon Red, On These Silken Sheets, was a Favourite Erotic Romance finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards and a Best First Book finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards. Her new Regency novella, The Short and Fascinating Tale of Angelina Whitcombe, released July 31st from Avon Impulse and her first contemporary romance, Entry-Level Mistress, released February 2013.

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3 comments:

  1. Historical romances teach me the strength of people when they overcome difficulties for their own loves.

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  2. Mai Tran....you are so right! Historical romances have been teaching me things for many years, and no not just great sex..lol :/

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  3. Love historical romances. It's about all I read. Love the social structure, the fashion and the romance of the age.

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