Spotlight on Tessa Dare-SUMMER READS

It’s summer timeeeee! ūüėÄ ūüėÄ ūüėÄ

And for most people that means sun, beaches, tanning, hot shirtless men… ūüėÄ

Alas, for me, that means packing and moving to Malaysia to prepare for my first year of university. The romance addict will be around, she will have just changed her mailbox address!

And I suppose it’s rather exciting going to be able to leave on my own and get a part time job and study things I actually like for once! (Sorry my dear math teacher-I did¬†appreciate¬†your efforts to infuse a love for the subject into me)

One thing that won’t change however, is my love of romance novels. In fact, I already have a huge pile waiting to be shipped off to Malaysia with me and a few novels I’m going to be looking out for once I’m there.

The first ones on my list?

Tessa Dare’s new back-to-back¬†trilogy-The Stud Club.

In Tessa’s words—

“An all-new historical romance back-to-back series, The Stud Club Trilogy. The heroes‚ÄĒa duke, a war hero, and a low-born scoundrel‚ÄĒhold shares in a priceless racehorse. When the club‚Äôs founder is tragically murdered, these three unlikely associates are united by chance, divided by suspicion, and brought to their knees by love.”

Source: http://tessadare.com/bookshelf/

This is a series of three books one after another with one already out in May and two more out this June and July. Now that’s a great way to spend a summer! And it gets better-Her covers are super delicious. Check them out below…

ONE DANCE WITH A DUKE—May 25th 2010

True temptation begins at midnight…

A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the exclusive Stud Club, an organization so select it has only ten members ‚ÄĒ yet membership is attainable to anyone with luck. And Spencer has plenty of it, along with an obsession with a prize horse, a dark secret, and, now, a reputation as the dashing ‚ÄúDuke of Midnight.‚ÄĚ Each evening he selects one lady for a breathtaking midnight waltz. But none of the women catch his interest, and nobody ever bests the duke ‚ÄĒ until Lady Amelia d‚ÄôOrsay tries her luck.

In a moment of desperation, the unconventional beauty claims the duke’s dance and unwittingly steals his heart. When Amelia demands that Spencer forgive her scapegrace brother’s debts, she never imagines that her game of wits and words will lead to breathless passion and a steamy proposal. Still, Spencer is a man of mystery, perhaps connected to the shocking murder of the Stud Club’s founder. Will Amelia lose her heart in this reckless wager or win everlasting love?

TWICE TEMPTED BY A ROGUE—June 22nd 2010

How long could she resist him?

Luck is a double-edged sword for brooding war hero Rhys St. Maur. His death wish went unanswered on the battlefield, while fate allowed the murder of his friend in the elite gentlemen‚Äôs society known as the Stud Club. Out of options, Rhys returns to his ancestral home on the moors of Devonshire, expecting anything but a chance at redemption in the arms of a beautiful innkeeper, who dares him to take on the demons of his past ‚ÄĒ and the sweet temptation of a woman‚Äôs love.

Meredith Maddox believes in hard work, not fate, and romance isn’t part of her plan. But when Rhys returns, battle-scarred, world-weary, and more dangerously attractive than ever, the lovely widow is torn between determination and desire. As a deep mystery and dangerous smugglers threaten much more than their passionate reckoning, Meredith discovers that she must trust everything to a wager her heart placed long ago.

THREE NIGHTS WITH A SCOUNDREL—July 27th 2010

The third time is the charm.

The bastard son of a nobleman, Julian Bellamy is now polished to perfection, enthralling the ton with wit and charm while clandestinely plotting to ruin the lords, ravish the ladies, and have the last laugh on a society that once spurned him. But meeting Leo Chatwick, a decent man and founder of the exclusive Stud Club, and Lily, Leo’s enchanting sister, made Julian reconsider his wild ways. When Leo’s tragic murder demands that Julian hunt for justice, he vows to see the woman he secretly loves married to a man of her own class.

Lily, however, has a very different husband in mind. She‚Äôs adored Julian forever, loves the man beneath the rakish facade, and wants to savor the delicious attraction they share ‚ÄĒ as his wife. His insistence on marrying her off only reinforces her intent to prove he is the only man for her. Obsessed with catching a killer, Julian sinks back to the gutters of his youth, forcing Lily to reach out with a sweet, reckless passion Julian can‚Äôt resist. Can her desire for a scoundrel save them both‚Äďor will dangerous secrets threaten more than their tender love?

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The first one being out and summer already underway, it’s great to know that there are another two books to look forward too! I will be getting my copies and posting my reviews on here ASAP!

For more information on the books (as well as excerpts), please visit-

http://tessadare.com/

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A Love to Conquer All-Legend of the Seeker

A couple of years ago, while one day searching through the icons on the¬†wonderful¬†website known as ‘Period Drama Graphics’ in a search for a new icon for my Skype profile, I came across¬†intriguing¬†icons for a program called ‘Legend of the Seeker.’

The pictures featured a beautiful dark-haired woman in a flowing white dress and an equally good-looking young man that seemed to be dressed in breeches and boots. Naturally, my love of period dramas alerted me to this and I was immediately intrigued. The two had great chemistry and being a natural romantic, I had to research the show immediately to find out what it was and who these two people were.

I ended up finding out it was a fantasy adventure TV program about a young man who is chosen by prophecy to be the next ‘seeker of truth,’ and¬†whose¬†destiny it is to defeat the tyrant of the tyrant known as Darken Rahl. He travels with young woman (who of course becomes his love interest) and a wizard who turns out to be his grandfather. ¬†Sounded like a great show full of magic, romance, adventure and mystery. Exactly the kind of thing I like.

I got a hold of the first episode and contrary to what people will think, I did not like it. It seemed predictable and all too cheesy. The only good thing in the episode was our hero, Richard Cyper’s amazingly sculpted abs. The rest of the episode just seemed to drag on as Richard refused to accept his destiny for two long hours until he¬†finally¬†did at the end. The action scenes also involved alot of slow motion scenes which I slightly cringed at to tell you the truth. After being¬†disappointed¬†by the episode I debated as to whether or not I should continue.

Thankfully, I had the good sense to, though I did not particularly like the next two episodes either. The episodes (which are like mini-quests the¬†characters¬†face on the way to their main goal) were predictable and childish. It wasn’t until the 6th episode that I became truly hooked.

Up until that point, there had been very¬†obvious¬†hints about the lead couple’s feelings for each other though I had been un-impressed with the show so far, I enjoyed as they had the best¬†chemistry¬†I had even seen in TV couples. But episode 6 revealed an¬†interesting¬†twist. The two were doomed to never be together and so their love became forbidden. Kahlan, Richard’s love interest had the power¬†of¬†confession which meant that she could touch anyone and make them become her slave. This skill served her well during the mini-quests, but then turned out to be the huge barrier between Richard and her getting together. For Kahlan had to hold in a her power¬†which¬†was always present, so if she wasn’t careful and she allowed herself to lose control, she would end up confessing¬†Richard¬†which would ruin the quest.

Now everybody loves a story of forbidden love and I was no exception. I began to devotedly watch the show as I was dying to find out how the two could ever be together. They couldn’t even kiss without it being a hazard! Even touching was a potential danger. And they had undeniable chemistry¬†which¬†made for a¬†potent¬†mix.

Being a fantasy show, there was no definite time period although the costumes and the lack of advanced weaponry seemed to place it in about the middle ages.

I loved their story and luckily for me as the show went on, it kept getting better and better. By season two, I had become¬†addicted¬†to the show¬†completely¬†and longed for a new¬†episode¬†every week.¬†Richard¬†and Kahlan developed so much as a couple that I¬†desperately¬†longed for them to be together. They themselves soon understood that they could not be together in a traditional sense (and have children) but nevertheless they showed¬†undying¬†devotion to each¬†other, and stuck with each other through everything.¬†Now that’s worthy of a post on my romance site don’t you think? ūüėČ

I also loved their story as it was so unique from other shows which seemed to¬†focus¬†a lot on the¬†physical¬†side of a relationship. Having a couple who were deprived of that and yet are still willing to stay together and be faithful to each other was… well, special. Their love went beyond flesh and seemed undying.

That’s why I decided to take the time to devote a post to what would have to be one of the best¬†on screen¬†couples in a long time, if ever. Here’s to you, Richard and Kahlan, and may you¬†finally¬†get what you long for–because no one deserves it more than you two. ūüôā

Legend of the Seeker has two seasons and is currently in danger of not having a new season which is more the fault of the lack of advertisement, rather than the¬†quality¬†of the show. To join in the cause, go to the following website. Let’s not let the adventure end yet!

http://forums.legendoftheseeker.org/showthread.php/2496-The-Renewal-Warwagon/

or

http://forums.legendoftheseeker.org/forumdisplay.php/39-Save-Our-Seeker

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