Sneak Peek of Tessa Dare’s New Romance!

Who doesn’t love Tessa Dare and her great series about a secret place just for women in the world of Regency England? Her new book revolves around a rakish duke and a lowly serving girl he chooses to marry in order to spite his parents.

Book 4 in Spindle Cove series

Any Duchess Will Do

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Summary:

What’s a duke to do, when the girl who’s perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can’t live without?

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season—or any season—but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.

Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn’t dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week’s employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother’s “duchess training”… and fail miserably.

But in London, Pauline isn’t a miserable failure. She’s a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure—a woman who ignites Griff’s desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won’t be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess—can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?

RELEASE DATE: MAY 28, 2013

And here’s a little teaser from the book itself to wet your appetite…

Link to The Ballroom Blog

Romances Coming in November 2011!

This month, there’s a whole bunch of new installments in your favorite series! You won’t want to miss some of the amazing books coming out this month! Enjoy! :D

1) Out November 1 *Book 4 in The Impossible Bachelors series*

Summary:

If life were a fairy tale, Daisy Montgomery’s stepmother and two stepsisters would surely be cast in the wicked roles. For years, they’ve made life miserable for Daisy. But when she discovers she has a godmother, she’s determined to ask her for help. Little did Daisy expect her godmother to play matchmaker with her very own grandson—who happens to be a viscount!

A freewheeling playboy, Charles Thorpe, Viscount Lumley, is bored with his wealth-seeking female admirers. Not only that, he’s been cut off from the family coffers. One day, on a bet, he rids himself of what little money he has left in his pockets and vows to solve problems using his wits alone. But when the Impossible Bachelor is confronted with Daisy’s plan to save her castle, the payoff is more than he could have bargained for. Sometimes, if you give a girl a viscount, you just might find love….

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2) Out November 1

Summary:

When veteran spy, Justine DeCabrillac, is attacked on a rainy London street,  she knows only one man can save her: Adrian Hawkhurst, her oldest friend . . . her oldest enemy.

London’s crawling with hidden assassins and someone is out to frame Hawker for her murder.

The two spies must work together to find out who wants to destroy them.
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3) Out November 1 *Book 3 of The Duke’s Obsession trilogy*
Summary:

Ellen Markham tells herself she’s happy raising flowers and living in near penury in the Oxfordshire countryside, but when Valentine Windham moves in just on the other side of the wood, Ellen’s longing for things she can never have threatens to overcome her good sense.

Valentine’s artistic soul, tender loving, and ducal determination tempt Ellen to trust and confide in a man who can only be endangered, should he learn of her past. For Valentine, regaining his musical skill becomes far less urgent than winning Ellen’s heart.

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4) Out November 1

Summary:

Love is the ultimate gamble…
Seasoned gambler Philip Drake knows every trick and uses most of them. After years of infamy, he’s ready to accept the mantle of respectability with his earldom– until a devastating racing loss and the threat of debtors’ prison force Philip right back into his gaming ways…

Susannah, Lady Messingham, is a woman with a past who refuses to belong to any man again. But Philip’s skill catches her eye and she persuades him to teach her how to win at the tables. Their new partnership turns into an exhilarating high-stakes game that entangles them in terrifying risk and unimaginable rewards…

Immerse yourself in the risky side of Georgian England with a pair of lovers who aren’t afraid to risk it all on a toss of the dice…

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5) Out November 1

Summary:

Beneath the cover of darkness, passion plays by its own rules.

Lovely, poised Anne Beddington is in a desperate situation: on the run for a crime she didn’t commit. Anne understands the wicked games she must play to survive—she has perfected her silky voice, practiced her feathery caress—but has she sufficiently mastered the art of seduction to become the mistress of the notorious Duke of March, Devon Audley? War has left him a recluse, but Anne is penniless, alone, and needs a powerful gentleman’s protection. Anne has learned how to pleasure a man, yet when this sinfully handsome duke insists that intimate delights must be a two-way street, Anne cannot deny his sensual promise.

Anne’s delicate hands hold a healing touch, but it’s her gentle kindness that opens the duke’s eyes to the beauty around him and to a family who need him. Still, Anne is a mystery, and Devon intends to spend endless erotic hours uncovering her secrets. When he finds out the terrible truth about the devious plot to brand her a villainess and endanger her life, saving Anne becomes his salvation. She has shown Devon how to live and love again. Now he will prove the power of his passion.

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6) Out November 1

Summary:

Patience Waverly has no time for uppity English aristocrats – and no desire to become one. But when Patience and her twin, Prudence, arrive in London from Philadelphia to claim an inheritance, she discovers that she is now a Baroness. Prudence, meanwhile, is determined to marry into a title of her own. She sets her cap at Max Purefoy, the future Duke of Sunderland – and, to Patience’s dismay, the most seductive scoundrel she has ever met.

Max has little interest in frivolous Prudence, but the outspoken, outrageously attractive Baroness intrigues him. When Prudence’s plan to entrap Max almost ruins him, he seeks amends from Patience. She must become his wife. And he will settle for nothing less than making their union one of unrelenting, unending pleasure.

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7) Out November 15 *E-Novella*

Summary:

Violet Winterbottom is a quiet girl. She speaks six languages, but seldom raises her
voice. She endured bitter heartbreak in perfect silence. The gentlemen aren’t beating
down her door.

Until the night of the Spindle Cove Christmas ball, when a mysterious stranger crashes
into the ballroom and collapses at Violet’s feet. His coarse attire and near-criminal good
looks would put any sensible young lady on her guard. He’s wet, chilled, bleeding, and
speaking in an unfamiliar tongue.

Only Violet understands him. And she knows he’s not what he seems.

She has one night to draw forth the secrets of this dangerously handsome rogue. Is he a
smuggler? A fugitive? An enemy spy? Before daybreak, she’s determined to find the
truth. But to learn his secrets, Violet must reveal hers—and open herself to adventure,
passion, and the unthinkable… Love.

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8 ) Out November 15 *Book 2 of The Brethren Guardians series*

Summary:

Lucy Ashton had long ago given up her quest for true love. In the rarified society of Victorian England, Lucy plays the game–flirting, dancing and dabbling in the newly fashionable spiritualism. Even marrying when–and who–she’s supposed to. If the stuffy Duke of Sussex cannot spark the passion she craves, he can at least give her a family, a home of her own,and a place to belong. But when her polite marriage reveals a caring and sensual man, Lucy begins to wonder if she can indeed have it all.

But Lord Sussex is not the man the London ton has come to admire. And Lucy has some ghosts of her own, as well. Thus, when a blackmail scheme turns to threats of danger, the newfound peace of the Sussex marriage is cast upon the rocks. Passion has a price, Lucy learns. And not all ghosts stay buried.

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9) Out November 15 *Omnibus*

Summary:

Three soldiers, three generations, finding love at Christmas

1812: A Christmas in Paradise

To save nurse Laura Ortiz from destitution, British naval surgeon Thomas Wilkie has made her an offer this Christmas—a marriage of convenience….

1855: O Christmas Tree

A generation later, it’s Thomas and Laura’s daughter, widowed lone mother Lilian, who’s working as a nurse in the Crimea. Christmas seems a long way away—until Major Trey Wharton helps her bring back the festive sparkle.

1877: No Crib for a Bed

Lilian’s son Captain Wilkie Wharton is finally on his way home from Fort Laramie. It’s a long, arduous, life-changing train journey…which sees him discover his soul mate and the true meaning of Christmas!

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10) Out November 22 *Book 4 of The Hellions of Halstead Hall series*

Summary:

Like everything daredevil Gabriel Sharpe does, pursuing Virginia Waverly is a high-stakes game. Ever since her brother Roger died racing Lord Gabriel, Virginia has yearned to take her revenge on the reckless lord by beating him at his own sport. But when she challenges Lord Gabriel to a race, the hellion who has always embraced his dark reputation as the “Angel of Death” counters with a marriage proposal!

Gabe knows Virginia’s family is in dire financial straits—why shouldn’t she marry him and solve both their problems? She claims to be appalled by his proposal, but her response to his kisses says otherwise. So when the two of them begin to unravel the truth behind Roger’s death, Gabe takes the greatest gamble of all, offering the cunning and courageous beauty something more precious than any inheritance: true love.

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11) Out November 22 *Book 2 in Blackthorn Brothers series*

Summary:

Meet the Blackthorn Brothers—three unrepentant scoundrels infamous for being mad, bad and perilous to love.

Handsome as the devil and twice as tempting, Robin “Puck” Blackthorn lives for the pleasures of the moment. His only rule—never dally with an innocent woman. But when an encounter at a masquerade ball leaves him coveting the one woman who refuses to succumb to his charms, Puck realizes that some rules were made to be broken….

Scandalized to discover that the masked man with whom she’d shared a dance—and a forbidden embrace—is in fact the ton’s most celebrated rake, Regina Hackett vows to keep her distance. Yet when her cousin vanishes, it is to Puck that Regina must turn. And as they embark on a dangerous journey through London’s darkest alleys, Regina will discover that beneath Puck’s roguish facade lies a man who will stop at nothing to protect her—or to convince her to take a chance on an unrepentant sinner.

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12) Out November 29 *Book 5 of The Scandalous Women of the Ton series*

Summary:

Tess Darent’s world is unravelling. Danger threatens her stepchildren and she is about to be unmasked as a radical political cartoonist and thrown into gaol. The only thing that can save her is a respectable marriage. But when it comes to tying the knot Tess requires a very special husband – one who has neither the desire nor the ability to consummate their marriage.

Owen Purchase, Viscount Rothbury cannot resist Tess when she asks for the protection of his name. But he has no intention of making a marriage in name only. Will the handsome sea captain be able to persuade the notorious widow to give her heart as well as her reputation into his safekeeping?

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13) Out November 29

Summary:

Lady Christina Fairhaven is devoted to her adoptive family – and most protective of her wayward brother. So when a battle-scarred and world-weary Captain Gavin Briggs arrives at her cottage bearing shocking news – that she is the granddaughter of an aged, bad-tempered duke, Christina is stunned… temporarily.

She will not meet the duke who abandoned her when she was a child; Gavin will not receive his significant – and much needed – reward. However, should the good Captain agree to help her locate and rescue her endangered sibling, then perhaps…

But with a fortune at stake, the road to London is paved with peril. Treachery awaits them… not to mention attraction, temptation, and a most unanticipated passion.

To regain his soul, to protect his lady, Gavin must be more than brave.
To win his love, Christina must be positively… Brazen.

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HAPPY MONTH OF READING! :D

Secrets of a Proper Countess by Lecia Cornwall

Setting: Regency

Summary:

Lady Isobel Maitland cannot afford to be caught doing anything even remotely scandalous, or she risks losing everything she holds dear. But one night, in a dark garden at a masquerade ball, Isobel gives in to temptation and lets an innocent flirtation with the notorious Marquess of Blackwood turn into passion.

The Marquess is no stranger to seduction or intrigue, and his rake’s reputation disguises a deadly mission. When his mystery lover flees before he can learn her name, he knows he must find her. But all clues lead toward the prim and dowdy Isobel Maitland. It appears the lady has secrets of her own, secrets that Blackwood would dearly love to uncover . . .

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Review:

This is a brilliant first novel! I was thoroughly intrigued by the plot and found myself staying up just to finish it! The story itself isn’t exactly new but the way it was done was exciting and I love how the hero has a double life! :D

Phineas was an interesting hero-he pretends to be a scoundrel but is secretly a spy working for the British government. I would have liked a little bit more insight to his character as at times, I just wasn’t sure if he was just pretending to be a rogue or actually was one. I also thought he took too long to realize Isobel was the masked woman he was searching for.

Isobel was a very relate-able heroine and easy to like. She is basically treated like a slave by her in-laws and she has to disguise her true self in order to keep her son safe. She basically had everything thrown in her way but she held herself up with courage and determination. She represented a lot of the obstacles we women face and it was great to see her happy ending. She deserved it! I thought she was awesome :D

The two meet very early on in the book and then the rest of the book is about Phineas trying to find out who the masked woman at the ball really is. I LOVED the sexual tension between these two! I love the subterfuge and how some conversations have double meanings! I also loved how Phineas was drawn by Isobel normally (when he thinks she’s a prim and dowdy widow) and he can’t understand why ;) Juicy!!! And my, were those sexy scenes steamy! I would have liked it though if they had more of a chance to develop a stronger relationship-it did seem like most of their relationship was physical.

The book started off pretty predictable and dull but by the third chapter, things got pretty exciting. I liked the mystery subplot and thought it added to the book. I loved how slimy the in laws were-made me root for Isobel all the more!

The writing was nothing spectacular but I liked the pacing and thought overall this was a great debut, with an exciting plot and likable leads and sexy romance ;) Can’t wait for the next book!

Sensuality Rating: Pretty Hot (Love scenes are quite long and explicit)

Verdict: Great debut! Definitely worth a read! :D

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Anna Campbell’s new book!

Love, love, love Anna Campbell books! Her new one, Midnight’s Wild Passion (due in April 2011), sounds brilliant! In a new interview, Anna revealed the blurb for her new book as well as one of her inspirations…

London’s most notorious seducer, Nicholas Challoner lives solely for revenge…

The dashing, licentious Marquess of Ranelaw can never forgive Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister—now the time has come to repay the villain in the same coin. But one formidably intriguing impediment stands in the way of Nicholas’s vengeance: Miss Antonia Smith, companion to his foe’s unsuspecting daughter.

Having herself been deceived and disgraced by a rogue—banished by her privileged family as a result and forced to live a lie—Antonia vows to protect her charge from the same cruel fate. She recognizes Ranelaw for the shameless blackguard he is, and will devote every ounce of her intelligence and resolve to thwarting him.

Yet Antonia has always had a fatal weakness for rakes…

Mmm, I love me a rake! Anna says that this is the closet she has come to writing a classic Regency romance-can’t waittt!

One of inspirations was this song-Undisclosed Desires by Muse. Love this song! Check it out!

To read the full interview, click on this link:

http://blog.macleanspace.com/index.html

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