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I love this gorgeous, purple cover for A Scoundrel by Moonlight, the fourth book in Anna’s Sons of Sin series.  

(Sons of Sin #4)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

Anything can happen in the moonlight …

Justice. That’s all Nell Trim wants-for her sister and for the countless other young women the Marquess of Leath has ruined with his wildly seductive ways. Now she has a bold plan to take him down . . . as long as she can resist the scoundrel’s temptations herself.

From the moment Nell meets James Fairbrother, the air positively sizzles. Yet for all his size and power, there’s something amazingly tender in his touch. Could he really be such a depraved rogue? The only way to find out is to beat the devil at his own game . . . one tempting kiss at a time.

(Release date: 28th April 2015, Grand Central Forever)

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(Sons of Sin, #3)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

A REPUTATION AT RISK

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children-and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.

Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can’t stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he’d finally gotten over.

The only way they’ll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they’re married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed-until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins . . .

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THIS IS HISTORICAL ROMANCE AT ITS BEST!

WHAT A DUKE DARES is the third book in the marvellous ‘Sons of Sin’ series and, once again, Anna Campbell delivers an emotive, romantic and passionate love story.

How I imagine Cam….

When Camden (Cam) Rothermere, heir to a dukedom, proposes to his childhood friend, Penelope Thorne, he can’t believe his ears when she turns him down. Even his declaration that he esteems and admires her and enjoys her company does nothing to persuade her to change her mind. She refuses to marry for anything but love. Cam has seen first-hand the devastating effect love had on his parents:

“As a result of love, my father descended into cruelty and obsession and my mother became a byword for promiscuity.”

and it has no place in his life now or ever.

How I imagine Pen

Penelope (Pen) Thorne has loved her childhood friend, Camden Rothermere for as long as she can remember and, when he proposes, it should be the happiest day of her life…a girlish fantasy come true. The reality is very different because she knows that Cam can never give her the one thing she desires…his heart. If he truly loved her, she’d even be willing to curb her impulsive and headstrong ways to become the wife he needs…someone dignified and above reproach…someone to help him restore respectability to the scandal-ridden Rothermere name.

So they go their separate ways.

In the intervening nine years, Cam is now the powerful Duke of Sedgemoor, renowned for his cold demeanour, self-assurance and his iron control, devoting his life to restoring the family’s good name. Pen had fled England to travel the continent with her eccentric aunt and Cam was well aware of all her amorous intrigues over the years.

When he receives an urgent summons from his friend, Pen’s brother, Peter, Cam travels to Calais to find his friend with very little time to live and fearful for his sister’s safety. Cam is honour bound to fulfil the dying Peter’s request that Cam find her and bring her home to England.

Ms Campbell took me on an enthralling and emotional roller-coaster of a journey before Cam and Pen finally attain their hard-earned Happy Ever After. I enjoyed every moment…the antagonism and the simmering sexual tension; the temptation and the heady passion; the stark danger and the anguish; the scandal and the poignant emotions, the betrayal and the heartbreak; the tenderness and the enduring love.

I enjoyed the secondary romance between Pen’s brother, Harry and Sophie, the sister of Cam’s enemy, James Fairbrother, Marquess of Leath. Their sweet, tender romance forms a contrast to the hot, passionate one between Cam and Pen. It also precipitates events that cause Cam to finally admit his love for Pen.

The Marquess of Leath obviously loves his sister very much which was a point in his favour and, once he and Cam had settled their differences, I liked him even more. I look forward to reading his story in the next book in the series.

Jonas and Sidonie (Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed) and Richard and Genevieve (A Rake’s Midnight Kiss) all make an appearance and I love the banter between Cam, Richard and Jonas.

Call me a sentimental old fool but I love a good Epilogue and Ms Campbell made me go all misty-eyed when Cam gives Pen her special Christmas present.

Some Memorable Moments

“What in heaven’s name brought you to choose this hovel?”

One slender hand brushed her tumble of hair back from her face. To his dismay, he saw she was shaking.

“Try the weather.” Her tone was sharper than his sword. “I know you could barge through an avalanche without creasing your neckcloth, but we lesser mortals must seek shelter when snow blocks the roads.”

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For a second that extended into eternity, they regarded one another. He should leave. He had no right to absorb every glorious, forbidden detail and imprint it on his mind to remember forever.

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He’d burned to wrench his wife from her chair and muss her neat perfection. Then fling her across the polished table and do things likely to make the butler resign.

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“ Anyway, you know that even if you were off your head with opium or inclined to slobber into your dinner, chits would still line up for the duchess’s coronet.”

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THIS IS CLASSIC ANNA CAMPBELL – COMPELLING, EMOTIVE, ROMANTIC AND SENSUAL!

REVIEW RATING: 5/5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: HOT!

 

My sincere thanks to Anna Campbell for sending me a complimentary copy of this book  in return for an honest review.

The Sons of Sin series so far (click the covers for more details):

Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed (Sons of Sin, #1) by Anna Campbell A Rake's Midnight Kiss (Sons of Sin, #2) by Anna Campbell What a Duke Dares (Sons of Sin, #3) by Anna Campbell

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I’m thrilled to welcome the fabulous Anna Campbell to Rakes and Rascals today to delight readers with 5 Fun Facts about her new release WHAT A DUKE DARES, the third book in the Sons of Sin series.

 

Hi Carol! Thanks so much for having me as your guest today on Rakes and Rascals to talk about my new release WHAT A DUKE DARES which is out in Australia and North America today and in the U.K. in late October.

I loved writing this story – Cam and Pen are characters who lived with me for a long time so I was extremely happy to give them their happy ending. And there’s something fun about writing a duke, given his role as the historical king of the beasts!

So I thought today, I’d give you five fun facts about my latest release.

Fun Fact 1

This is book three in my Sons of Sin series (the other two are SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED and A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS). My duke in the title is Camden Rothermere, the Duke of Sedgemoor. If you’ve read the other books, you know that Cam is Mr. Cool, the guy who always knows exactly what to do, the man who observes his friends love affairs with a slightly sardonic amusement. For me as both reader and writer, it’s so enjoyable to pull the rug out from under the man who thinks he’s got life sorted out and send him on a wild trip to chaos when he falls in love. For this particular author, seeing Cam battle with the unexpected power of his emotions was great fun.

Fun Fact 2

If any of you are regulars on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AnnaCampbellFans?ref=br_rs), you’ll notice people referring to my very dignified – well, at least he is at the start – duke as the DUDE! This stems from a horrible typo I discovered on one of my rounds of edits and which I shared because it cracked me up. Lord Hillbrook’s very haughty butler announces Cam as the Dude of Sedgemoor. I’m sure there’s a sequel on the way where Cam hangs 10 and says cowabunga every time he opens his mouth!

Fun Fact 3

Penelope Thorne, the heroine and Cam’s childhood bugbear, has spent the last nine years wandering around Europe in the company of an independent-minded aunt. Intrepid female travelers weren’t unknown in the Georgian era and the Regency so Pen’s scandalous adventures are based in fact. Women like Mary Wollstonecraft and Lady Mary Wortley Montague ranged far and wide, often through war zones. Mary Wollstonecraft, the mother of feminism, got as far as Sweden after living through the worst of the French Revolution, and Lady Mary Wortley Montague spent years in Turkey and wrote some terrifically entertaining reminiscences of her travels. A really enjoyable book about these brave, interesting women is LADIES OF THE GRAND TOUR by Brian Dolan.


Mary Wollstonecraft

Fun Fact 4

I’ve always loved the poem TARANTELLA by Hilaire Belloc (you can find it in full here: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/tarantella/). WHAT A DUKE DARES starts out as a road trip romance (most of it is set in London high society but it begins with a trip over the Italian Alps).

When I was writing the flea-bitten hostelries where our hero and heroine are forced to find shelter, I kept remembering these lines.

Do you remember an Inn,
Miranda?
Do you remember an Inn?
Of the straw for the bedding,
And fleas that tease in the High Pyrenees,
And the wine that tasted of tar?

As you can imagine, Cam is used to much better accommodations! The ratty inns gave me plenty of opportunities to write snappy dialogue between my hero and heroine. Always a fun bonus!

Fun Fact 5

Sometimes it’s not what you know, it’s WHO you know! There’s a very eventful boat trip that results in scandal and a marriage of convenience. The problem is I’m not a sailor. Luckily, I have a very good friend, Australian author Helene Young (www.heleneyoung.com) who lives on a yacht. I set Helene the task of plotting the journey from Genoa to England and she came up trumps!

 

So let’s talk boat trips. Are you a sailor? Have you been on a long ocean voyage? If not, would you like to go on one? If so, where? I’ve got a signed print copy of WHAT A DUKE DARES for one commentor (open internationally) today so good luck!

 

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About WHAT A DUKE DARES

(Sons of Sin #3)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb

A REPUTATION AT RISK

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children-and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.

Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can’t stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he’d finally gotten over.

The only way they’ll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they’re married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed-until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins . . .

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/What-Duke-Dares-Anna-Campbell/dp/1455557900/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1387328558&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=what+a+duke+dares

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-a-duke-dares-anna-campbell/1117543455?ean=9781455557905

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/What-Duke-Dares-Anna-Campbell/9781455557905

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Meet ANNA CAMPBELL

ANNA CAMPBELL has written nine multi award-winning historical romances for Grand Central Publishing and Avon HarperCollins and her work is published in sixteen languages. Anna has won numerous awards for her Regency-set stories including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill (three times), the Heart of Excellence (twice), the Aspen Gold (twice) and the Australian Romance Readers Association’s favorite historical romance (five times). Anna is currently engaged in writing the “Sons of Sin” series, which started in 2012 with SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED and now continues with book 3, WHAT A DUKE DARES. Anna lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia where she writes full-time.

You can find Anna online at:

Website: www.annacampbell.info

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnaCampbellFans?ref=br_rs

Twitter: @AnnaCampbellOz

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/296477.Anna_Campbell

 

Anna,  thank you so much for taking the time out to be my guest on Rakes and Rascals and brightening our day with your fun facts about WHAT A DUKE DARES.

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

DON’T FORGET TO ANSWER ANNA’S QUESTION FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN A SIGNED COPY OF WHAT A DUKE DARES.

THE GIVEAWAY WILL RUN FROM 26th AUGUST UNTIL  MIDNIGHT (GMT) ON 2nd SEPTEMBER AND THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE 3rd SEPTEMBER.

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I’m thrilled to reveal the gorgeous cover for WHAT A DUKE DARES, the third book in Anna’s Sons of Sin series….

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(Sons of Sin #3)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb

A REPUTATION AT RISK

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children-and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.

Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can’t stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he’d finally gotten over.

The only way they’ll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they’re married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed-until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins . . .

(Release date: Tuesday, 26th August 2014, Grand Central Forever)

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Anna recently announced on Facebook that book three of her Sons of Sin series will be WHAT A DUKE DARES. This is the enigmatic Camden Rothermere, Duke of Sedgemoor’s story. The only downside….is not due for publication until August 2014!

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(Sons of Sin #2)

Genre: Historical Romance

PUBLICATION DATE: 27th AUGUST 2013

Official Blurb 

It Takes A Lady

Brilliant scholar Genevieve Barrett knows how to keep a secret. Her identity as the author of her father’s academic articles has always been her greatest deception—until a charming housebreaker tries to steal the mysterious Harmsworth Jewel from her. She doesn’t reveal that she recognizes her father’s devastatingly handsome new student as the thief himself. For Genevieve, this will be the most seductive secret of all…

To Catch A Thief

Sir Richard Harmsworth has been living a lie, maintaining a rakish façade to show society that he doesn’t care about his status as a bastard. Yet long haunted by his unknown father’s identity, Richard believes the Harmsworth Jewel will confirm his claim as the rightful heir. But when Richard sets out to seduce the bookworm who possesses the stone, he instead falls for its beautiful owner. But even as she steals Richard’s heart, Genevieve will be in greater danger than her coveted treasure…

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WOW! I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Anna Campbell is known for her intense, emotional, passionate stories but A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS is much lighter in tone. It reminded me of Loretta Chase’s books …romantic, sexy and funny…a winning combination. This book was pure joy to read from the first page to the last!

Oh, how I loved Richard and Genevieve! They were just the perfect match for each other and are definitely joining my list of all-time favourite Romancelandia couples. 

Richard is such a wonderful romantic hero. He’s handsome, tender, kind, clever and brave. His devastating charm and sense of humour just add to his appeal. Richard may appear strong and sure of himself on the outside, but inside he is still vulnerable to the pain and humiliation of being a bastard.

I adore the prim, unworldly, intellectual Genevieve who dreams, not of a husband, but of the freedom to pursue her scholarly ambitions. I admire her devotion to her father although he is unworthy of it.

It was an unadulterated pleasure to share their eventful journey to a Happy Ever After. Experiencing…

Richard’s determined pursuit and Genevieve’s retreat; their growing attraction; the sensuous pool scene; ‘The Kiss’; the villain showing his true colours; the picnic where the appetite is for more than just food!!; the foiled kidnapping; the hero to the rescue; the invitation no hero could refuse; the confession and the quarrel; the dire situation with benefits; the friendly helping hand; two people head over heels in love; All’s Well That Ends Well!

Along the way I enjoyed…

Some delightful banter

(Richard is posing as Christopher Evans)

Mr. Evans, you are presumptuous”
His lips twitched. “Miss Barrett, you are correct.”
“Pray be presumptuous at a greater distance.”
His laugh was low and attractive. “How can I argue when you’re armed?”
She realized that she brandished the needle like a miniature sword. Despite her annoyance, the scene’s absurdity struck her and she choked back a laugh.

Some tender romantic moments

Then she felt the glance of Christopher’s little finger against hers. A brush, almost accidental. He touched her again. Such insignificant contact. Yet she felt it. In a strange way, as strongly as she’d felt those brazen caresses on the river.

Some hot sexy moments

Tonight, praise the Lord, her legs swiftly fell open. She was wet, gloriously, lusciously, sumptuously wet.
He pressed his forehead into her satiny shoulder and tested her with one finger, then two. Yes

Some funny moments

By Jove, he was in a bad way. The stickler who had scorned a hundred diamonds of the first water was head over heels with a woman who looked like she’d wrestled a mule through a landslide. 

There is a rich array of secondary characters; Dr Barrett, Genevieve’s weak, selfish father, the villainous Lord Neville and the powerful , enigmatic Camden Rothermere, Duke of Sedgemoor (the hero of the next book). I also enjoyed seeing Jonas and Sidonie (Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed) and their daughter. I must mention Richard’s dog, Sirius, who plays an important part in this story and not forgetting the “pregnant elephant”!

The Epilogue is both heartfelt and touching and had me reaching for the tissues.

Enchanting, romantic, sexy and funny! This is definitely a keeper!

How I imagine Richard… 

How I imagine Genevieve … 

REVIEW RATING: STELLAR 5/5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: HOT 

The Sons of Sin series to date (please click on the cover for more details):

Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed (Sons of Sin, #1)Days of Rakes and Roses (Sons of Sin, #1.5)A Rake's Midnight Kiss (Sons of Sin, #2)

My sincere thanks to Anna Campbell for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.

Read July 2013

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Here is a link to Anna Campbell’s website where you can read an excerpt from A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS, the next book in the Sons of Sin series.

Expected publication date: 27 August 2013

http://www.annacampbell.info/rakeskiss.html

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