Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tour Stop/Giveaway/Review– Avon Multi-Author Historical Romances


                                                         Expected publication: April 29th 2014 by Avon

The second book in a deliciously sexy new series from USA Today bestselling and RITA award winning author Caroline Linden, in which an utterly shocking book --
Fifty Shades of Grey for the Regency era-- has all of London talking and gives more than one young miss a mind for scandal.

Sometimes it takes a scandal . . .

Abigail Weston has everything: beauty, wit, and one of the largest dowries in England. Her parents hope she’ll wed an earl. Abigail hopes for a man who wants her desperately and passionately. But the money seems to blind every man she meets-except one.
Sebastian Vane has nothing. He came home from war with a shattered leg to find his father mad and his inheritance gone. He’s not a fit suitor for anyone, let alone an heiress. But Abigail lights up his world like a comet, bright and beautiful and able to see him instead of his ruined reputation. And it might end happily ever after . . .

To reveal your heart’s desire

Until Benedict Lennox begins courting Abigail. Ben is everything Sebastian isn’t-wealthy, charming, heir to an earl. Sebastian won’t give up the only girl he’s ever loved without a fight, but Abigail must choose between the penniless gentleman who moves her heart, and the suitor who is everything her parents want.

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From USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke comes the story of a bargain, a marriage of convenience…and the chance for love to last a lifetime.

They had a deal…

From the moment she met the devil-may-care Duke of Margrave, Edie knew he could change her life. And when he agreed to her outrageous proposal of a marriage of convenience, she was transformed from ruined American heiress to English duchess. Five years later, she’s delighted with their arrangement, especially since her husband is living on another continent.

But deals are made to be broken…

By marrying an heiress, Stuart was able to pay his family’s enormous debts, and Edie’s terms that he leave England forever seemed a small price to pay. But when a brush with death impels him home, he decides it’s time for a real marriage with his luscious American bride, and he proposes a bold new bargain: ten days to win her willing kiss. But is ten days enough to win her heart?



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USA Today bestselling author Gayle Callen concludes her new series with a tale of generosity, passion, and the true kindness of the heart.

A duke who needs to be tamed…a lady who refuses to be rescued.

A duke who needs to be tamed…a lady who refuses to be rescued. Adam Chamberlin was the third son of a duke, known for gambling binges and drunken nights. No one expected anything of him …until tragedy strikes. Now Adam is the new Duke of Rothford, determined to right the wrongs he’s done. Except a secret in his past means helping the one woman who doesn’t want his help at all…

It’s not every day that a duke introduces himself to a woman sitting by herself in Hyde Park. Faith Cooper is even more surprised when Adam offers her a position as a lady’s companion to his elderly aunt. Faith refuses to be beholden to a man again-certainly not this man, who both infuriates and attracts her. But with the simmering passion between them, will Faith surrender to forbidden desire?

Faith moved forward as if in a dream, inhaling the rich scent of damp earth, then the sweet scents of exotic flowers. When she stepped across the threshold, the air grew moist and warm, and trees rose up above her as if to touch the sky through the panes of glass in their cast-iron frames. Gas-lamp globes seemed to hover in line along curving gravel pathways. Ferns swayed as they passed. Straight ahead rose a fountain that gently splashed like music, its basin a tiled pool with golden carp swimming amid conch shells.

As they stood there in peaceful silence, she felt strange being shoulder-to-shoulder with such a man, a duke. Yet he never made her feel inferior to him. She wondered if this, too, had to do with his military service, his grief at his mistakes, or if perhaps as a younger son, he’d never acquired the “airs of an heir.” Thinking that almost made her laugh, and he glanced at her from beneath his light brown wavy hair, which seemed burnished in the low light.

“What is it?” he asked.

“Nothing, really, it’s just…I would not have imagined myself like this just a few short weeks ago.”

“Like what? Nothing much has changed for you. You still insist upon working, when I could—” He broke off.

“I assume you realized how that sounded and stopped yourself,” she said coolly.

“Yes, though I did not mean as my mistress.”

The word seemed to hover between them. She knew he thought her an innocent; and she shivered to wonder how he might treat her if he knew all her secrets.

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Wow, finally, finally, finally, a regency heroine I can wholeheartedly get behind!!
Strong independent and totally willing to do whatever she needs to do to survive and still comport herself with dignity. She was, without knowingly meaning to be, a pioneer feminist. So, yeah, I dug this chick, but ...... wait for it..... you know who I really, REALLY identified with???? (big effing surprise) Adam!

Adam is just the coolest dude. Son of the second wife, hated by his older brothers and out to prove they can't hurt him, he is a sensitive, old artistic soul. He earns his stripes in the military, but not without severe damage to his psyche. He now carries a load of guilt and is trying to gain redemption. There is seriously not one judgmental bone in Adam's body. He is just trying to do RIGHT. By everybody and the universe. Gayle Callen gets it!!  She knows there are shades of gray in between moral and immoral. She crafts a character and a story that reflects the battle to be good and to be true. They are not always the same.

This was fun but had meaning and depth. It was romantic but it was also a study in independence. Sometimes Moby Dick is just an albino, sperm whale and sometimes to certain readers, Moby Dick takes on faces of past demons that need to be dealt with. Anytime you can connect with a story on a level not obvious to all and sundry, then it is special. Read this, connect to the characters and find your message. Or just enjoy a damn good historical romance. Either way, job WELL done, bravissima!


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carolineCaroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer software before turning to writing fiction. Ten years, twelve books, two Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. Her books have won the NEC Reader’s Choice Beanpot Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. Since she never won any prizes in math, she takes this as a sign that her decision was also a smart one. Visit her online at www.carolinelinden.com

Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned over twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction’s highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave. Laura loves hearing from readers, and you can contact her via her website: www.lauraleeguhrke.com.

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After a detour through fitness instructing and computer programming, Gayle Callen found the life she’d always dreamed of as a romance writer. This USA Today bestselling author has written more than eighteen historical romances for Avon Books, and her novels have won the Holt Medallion and the Laurel Wreath Award.

Gayle lives in Central New York with her three children, her dog, Apollo, and her husband, Jim the Romance Hero.
Visit her website at www.gaylecallen.com.

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Gayle Callen said...

Thanks so much for the great review!!

Tasty Book Tours said...

Thank you for hosting today!

Unknown said...

The books sound wonderful. I love to read historical romance, especially regency.

Unknown said...

What a beautiful necklace. I love these types of romances because they are fun. You can get away with the males being "alpha/domineering" types because of the era.

Jan Hougland said...

I thought I posted a comment on this blog already. Hmmm. I've been foiled by the internet again... In any event, I've really enjoyed the "tastes" of each book that this blog has offered. It makes me even more determined to get and read these latest releases by three of my fave authors. My addiction is telling me that I NEED to read these! :-) jdh2690@gmail.com

MsAwesome said...

I haven't had a chance to read any of these books but I love Historical Rom and these books sound just amazing. Thank you for the opportunity!