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I’m asking…

CAN YOU EVER HAVE TOO MANY BOOKS?

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All you have to do is answer the following questions:

1. Which novel are you currently reading and the author?

2. What is the opening line of the book?

3. What the hero and heroine’s names? (on the remote chance you’re not reading a romance, give the name of the main character).

4. What is the first sentence of the second paragraph of Chapter 9?

5. What’s next on your TBR pile?

 

Here are my answers:

1. WICKED LITTLE SECRETS by Susanna Ives

2. Vivienne Taylor repressed a mischievous smile as she gazed at the female members of the Wesley Congregational.

3. Lord Dashiell and Vivienne Taylor.

4. She turned and turned, buried herself under the blankets, covered her head with the pillow, but couldn’t block out the anxious thoughts clogging her brain.

5. ECSTASY WEARS EMERALDS (Jaded Gentlemen #3) by Renee Bernard.

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WHEN A LORD NEEDS A LADY BY JANE GOODGER

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

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Genre: Historical Romance

Cover Blurb

Lord Graham Spencer needs a wife.

But not just any girl will do. She must have the money to save his dilapidated estate and desperate tenants. So when he meets a charming American lady’s maid on the beach at Brighton, the last thing he ought to do is kiss her.

Katherine Wright is hunting a titled husband.

Or at least her mother is. But Katherine can’t get the memory of a most inappropriate kiss out of her mind. The handsome stranger who took her in his arms in Brighton was only a valet, but even if she is an heiress, she’d rather spend her life with him than some stiff British aristocrat.

Can true love survive two false identities, two scheming mamas, and two lavish house parties where all is revealed? It can…

When A Lord Needs A Lady

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DARK LORD BY SABRINA YORK

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

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(Noble Passions, #3)

Genre: Historical Erotic Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb

Edward Wyeth, the Dark Duke of Moncrieff’s life has been turned on its end. His well-ordered home has been invaded. By destitute relatives. From Scotland. How on earth can he write Lord Hedon’s salacious novels with hellions battling in the garden and starting fires in the library? But with the onslaught has come a delicious diversion. His cousin’s companion, the surprisingly intriguing Kaitlin MacAllister. He is determined to seduce her. Using her desperate need for funds and her talents as an artist, he convinces her to draw naughty pictures for his naughtier books…and he draws her into his decadent web.

But Kaitlin has a secret. She’s fled Scotland—and a very determined betrothed. When Edward’s cousin is kidnapped and held in her stead, Kaitlin is honor bound to return to her homeland and rescue her—much to Edward’s chagrin.
Because suddenly he can’t bear the thought of Kaitlin marrying another man. He can’t bear the thought of losing her at all.

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Cora Lee is seeking our help in finding names for the hero and heroine of her sweet Christmas Regency novella. There is a great Giveaway too!

And Then She Kissed Him

Okay readers, I need some help.

Publisher Elora’s Cave is looking for sweet Regency novellas for their Christmas anthology, and I’m going to give it a shot. It will be good for my brain and creative process to work on something else for a while–and it will be good for my work ethic Almacks_with_Brummellto have a deadline that I can’t move!

Without giving too much away, I can tell you that the idea I have is for a male wallflower story. He’s a science geek who has been out of society on archaeological digs (things like excavating the Elgin marbles in Greece), and has only recently returned home. She is a duke’s daughter and a social butterfly who is being forced into a betrothal to a Bad Guy.

But neither of them have names.

Naming my characters is always one of the hardest parts of a story for me. I…

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“One last thing,” Jules said. “There is the matter of an item you stole from me.”

 Perplexed, she said, “I have nothing of yours.”

 “Not true.” He lowered himself onto one knee. She lost her breath. Her family collectively gasped. “You have my heart. And it is yours. I love you,” he said. “And I wish to have children and grow old with you. Will you marry me?”  ( Jules de Moutier)

 

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DOROTHY SALVAGIN

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Happy listening!

 

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Genre: Historical Romance (Viking – 9th Century)

Cover Blurb…

In 856 CE, Ireland is a land of myth, magic, and blood. Viking raiders have fought the Irish for over half a century. Rival Irish clans promise only betrayal and carnage.

Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon, is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with her sworn enemy, a Viking. She refuses to submit. With no mention of love, only land and the protection of her clan, she endeavors to get her betrothed banished from her country. Will love find its way around her stubborn heart?

Bram, the Viking, finds himself without future or inheritance as a younger son in his family. A marriage to the Laird’s daughter would grant him land if he swears fidelity and if his men will fight along with the Liannons against any foe – Irish or Viking. However, the Laird’s feisty daughter only holds animosity for him and his kind. Is marriage worth the battle scars of such a relentless opponent?

With the blame for a rival laird’s death treacherously set against the Liannons, Kaireen and Bram must find a way to lay aside their differences as an unforeseen darkness sends death snapping at their heels.

 

AN EXCERPT

“Gracious Bram has agreed to stay on with us for a fortnight. Then he will marry our Kaireen.”

The applause was deafening. She jumped off the bench, glaring at the Lochlann’s smiling face.

“A fortnight?” she screeched. “Not enough time for me to… he is a foreigner and a Lochlann at that.” Why did they believe it was suitable for her to marry this Viking? She had to have time to figure out how to get rid of him.

 “How much time do you need?” her mother asked in a warning tone.

 “Never would be too soon,” Kaireen shot back.

 “Enough.” Her father slammed his fist on the table.

Before the ale spilled, her mother snatched her goblet. Their argument brought whispers through the tables.

 Her father waved his drink and the ale sloshed on the linen tablecloth. “A fortnight was his idea. I wanted you wed tonight.” Kaireen opened her mouth to protest, but his glare caused her to clamp it shut. “Further, you will wed Bram son of Ragnar and be happy about it. Or I will have you whipped until your ungrateful hide is stripped from you.”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Andrea has always enjoyed creating characters and stories. But it wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.

What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).

Once she heard about a writer who never let her characters deviate from the script. If they did, she just killed them. How sad, she thought. For her one of the best parts of being a writer is letting the characters have a mind of their own and seeing where the story takes them.

She loves this quote from Robert Frost, which sums up her opinion on allowing the characters their freedom: “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
― Robert Frost

Andrea writes fantasy, paranormal, and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.

Currently, she has two novels published with Crimson Romance. The Garnett Dagger – a fantasy/paranormal romance and Viking Fire – a historical romance with a touch of magic. She hopes you will enjoy her stories.

Visit her website to find out more about Andrea and her books:

http://www.andrearcooper.com/

Join Andrea on…

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AndreaRCooper

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrea.cooper.92798?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndreaRCooper

 

INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY

Andrea will be giving away an ebook copy of VIKING FIRE to one lucky commentator.

 

MY REVIEW

Set against a backdrop of early 9th century Ireland, Andrea R Cooper infuses her debut Historical novel, VIKING FIRE, with liberal amounts of adventure, romance and intrigue.

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Ireland…land of myth, magic and blood

Ms Cooper brought the medieval era to life for me with the rich detail that is interwoven throughout the novel. I could picture Kaireen climbing into the giant kettle to scour the encrusted blackened stew. I could smell the sour milk, rotten swine slop, and urine in the dyeing room. I could hear the monastery bells and the clang of swords and shields.

I love a hero with a sense of humour and a heroine who can take care of herself and I got both in this book.

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Bram, son of Ragnar

Bram is the typical Viking warrior…tough but honourable, brave but compassionate.  More than once he risked his own life to save others. What made him different was his cheeky sense of humour which he frequently displayed in his ‘wooing’ of the reluctant Kaireen.

“I thought the air would clear your head.” He cocked his eyebrow, examining her.

“My head is fine, thank you.” “Aye, and the rest of you is fine to look at too.”

His thick dialect chased shivers through her. Her hands smoothed her gown. She caught herself and stopped. At seeing his grin, her frown deepened.

“I believe it’s improper for you to stare at a lady so.”

“Would you rather I stare at you on our wedding night?” She opened her mouth to speak, but he continued. “Whilst you are without clothes?”

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Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon

Kaireen is strong-willed, a trait that often found her at odds with her father, especially when he informs her that she must marry the Viking Bram, someone she regards as a foreigner and an enemy. She stubbornly refuses to marry him, despite the fact that she finds herself unwillingly attracted to Bram.

Thoughts were lost in his embrace. It was as though she had drunk too much wine and could think of nothing but him.

She’s a bit of a warrior as well…proficient with both sword and longbow and willing to wade into battle to save the man she loves.

The romance was fun to watch and I enjoyed the lively exchanges and sexual tension between Kaireen and Bram . A Happy Ever After is always more satisfying if it is hard won and they certainly have plenty of obstacles to overcome…betrayal, vengeance and treachery.

The interesting cast of secondary characters includes Elva, Kaireen’s handmaid, who is far more than she seems and the villainous Feoras O’Neill, who would have been well and truly at home in an Alfred Hitchcock psychological thriller.

This book has a great climax with the traitor revealed and a fierce and bloody battle.

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Men blurred in blood and sword.


Overall, this was a very impressive debut novel with just the right mix of romance, action and intrigue.


REVIEW RATING: 4/5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: HOT

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I would like to thank Andrea R. Cooper for kindly providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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