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Sizzling Summer Nights Super Giveaway

I’m not sure what season is best for steamy hot reads.  Are they best suited to hot summer days where you’re already steaming, or cold winter nights when you need something to warm you up?

I’m not sure it matters, but this summer I’ve been reading more romances again (But not too many. Within my eclectic reading, I do go through phases.  I’ve learned to spread out my reading, otherwise I’ll get tired of a genre, and I’m having too much fun to let that happen!).

I’ve read (and enjoyed) two of the books in this giveaway, so I jumped at the chance to share it with you.  These two were very different (contemporary romantic suspense and historical romance), and the other 3 each have their own style.  To Surrender to a Rogue and Deadly Fear both featured interesting characters, some very spicy scenes, and a readable plot to tie it all together.  I’ll bet the other three do as well.

In this collection, we have:

To Enter

Hachette Books/Forever are allowing me to pick 3 winners of this collection.

Having an address (not a PO Box) in the US or Canada is a requirement. I’ll pick the winners on the evening of September 1, 2010.

So:

  1. Leave a comment to enter.  I’ll get your e-mail address if you are on WordPress or you enter it where requested.  Make sure it is valid!  This is all you need to do.
  2. If you have additional entries (see below), you can leave them in the same comment, or a different one.  Whatever you prefer.
  3. For an additional entry, let me know if you subscribe to my blog via a blog reader (RSS) or e-mail, or if you follow me on Twitter. Thank you to my current subscribers, Welcome if you are new to my blog.
  4. One more entry if you let other people know about this giveaway! On your blog, on Twitter, or another social site. Just leave a note.
  5. As a bonus (for an additional entry) tell me which of these books you are most looking forward to reading.

Good luck!

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Posted by on August 3, 2010 in books, giveaway

 

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Winners: To Surrender to a Rogue

Thanks to Hachette Books/Forever, I was able to offer a giveaway for 5 copies of To Surrender to a Rogue by Cara Elliott.

For a bonus entry in the drawing, I asked what style of romance people prefer.  Unsurprisingly, there were a variety of answers.  I did have some company in liking books where the characters spend time getting to know each other, then fall in love.  However, many of you like the fireworks at the beginning, and I think you will really enjoy this book.

Thanks to random.org, the winners are

  • Scorpio M.
  • cjsime007
  • etirv (already won elsewhere)
  • Crystal F
  • Teresa W.
  • Lucy Balch

I’ve already sent them e-mail, and hope to hear back quickly!  Thank you to everyone that entered.

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2010 in books, giveaway

 

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Review: To Surrender To a Rogue by Cara Elliott

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I did enjoy this book. I just had my expectations too high from the previous book, To Sin With A Scoundrel, which could have been written to order for me. This one seemed much more ordinary. I don’t think there was anything wrong with it, but it wasn’t quite my style and nothing jumped out as being particularly special, either.

I wish we’d had more of the Circle of Sinners, and that Alessandra had confided her predicament to them. They only were present in this book enough to remind me of how interesting they all were before, and to set up the character of Kate for the next book.

I never really felt Jack was more than a stereotype of a romance hero. He’s tough! He has a bad reputation! His brothers used to beat him up! But underneath it all is the soul of an artist, which no one knew until this book began!

Lady Alessandra was a little more complex, but I’ve never been fond of the I hate him! He’s terrible! He’s so attractive! I can’t help myself, I must have sex with him! I still hate him! We’ll have sex again! Now I know he’s trustworthy and the love of my life! angle. This is very common in romance novels, so I can’t count this as an objective flaw, but it is one for me.

The book was well written, so I won’t count the author out in the future, and this still may be the right book for you. It just wasn’t one of my favorites, although it was still a fun, quick read.  There’s no need to read the first book before picking this one up. There are a few references to characters and event that take place there, but nothing that’s necessary to understand what’s going on.

If you want more information on Cara Elliot and her books, you can check her website, the Word Wenches blog, her Facebook Page, or follow @CaraElliott_1 on Twitter.

If you think this book sounds like a pleasant way to spend an afternoon or an evening (I thought it was), enter the giveaway that Hachette Books is allowing me to host.  Click to enter to win a copy of To Surrender To A Rogue by Cara Elliot!

Both this review and the giveaway are part of a blog tour.  Thank you to Hachette Books/Forever Romance for providing me with a review copy and allowing me to participate.    Check out the other tour stops!

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2010 in reviews

 

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Giveaway: To Surrender To a Rogue by Cara Elliott

Hachette Books is allowing me to host a giveaway for 5 copies of To Surrender To a Rogue, which I reviewed today.

Having an address (not a PO Box) in the US or Canada is a requirement. I’ll pick the winners on the evening of July 7.

So:

  1. Leave a comment to enter.  I’ll get your e-mail address if you are on WordPress or you enter it where requested.  Make sure it is valid!  This is all you need to do.
  2. If you have additional entries (see below), you can leave them in the same comment.
  3. For an additional entry, let me know if you subscribe to my blog via RSS or e-mail, or if you follow me on Twitter. Thank you to my current subscribers, Welcome if you are new to my blog.
  4. One more entry if you let other people know about this giveaway! On your blog, on Twitter, another social site. Just leave a note.
  5. As a bonus (for an additional entry) tell me which you prefer in fiction (not real life!):  When the hero and the heroine get to know each other and then fall in love, when it is love/lust at first site, or when it is fireworks at first site– first arguing, then other kinds.

Good luck!

Both this giveaway and my review are part of a blog tour.  Thank you to Hachette Books/Forever Romance for providing me with a review copy and allowing me to participate.    Check out the other tour stops!

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2010 in books, giveaway

 

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Mini Review: To Sin With A Scoundrel by Cara Elliott

To Sin With A ScoundrelMy rating: 4 of 5 stars

It took me over a week  longer than planned to get my review posted because I just couldn’t figure out what to write in an in-depth review.  I finally realized that I was over-thinking this book, that a short, to the point review is all it really needs.

Yummy, fluffy fun.

Oh, ok, I’ll add more detail than that.

From the Hachette Book Group web site:

A reclusive widow known for her scientific scholarship, Lady Ciara Sheffield is shadowed by rumors that she poisoned her husband . . . A rakehell rogue notorious for his devil-may-care antics, Lucas Bingham–the Earl of Hadley–is not accused of murdering anything–save for the rules of Polite Society. The only thing they have in common is seeing their names featured in the lurid gossip columns of London’s newspapers. Until an ancient manuscript draws them together.

Ciara needs a titled fiancé to quell the slanderous speculations which may send her to the gallows. Lucas needs brilliant scholar to help his elderly uncle decipher the secrets of the mysterious manuscript. So when her friends urge her to accept the earl’s proposal of a temporary alliance, Ciara decides that she has no choice but to make a deal with the Devil. And so begins a seductive dance of sinful pleasures and hidden desires as the two of them waltz through the mansions of Mayfair. Lies, intrigue, treachery, sex. They find themselves facing slanderous whispers, unscrupulous relatives-not to speak of their own simmering passions, which quickly ignite into dangerous flames. It’s a potent mix and the result may be explosive-and perhaps deadly-if they don’t watch their step.

It’s a relatively typical Regency (on the spicy side of the genre). I’m always a sucker for a smart heroine, and this one clearly qualifies.

Our hero has fooled society (and himself) into thinking that he’s a silly, shallow rake. Of course, he’s really a smart, sensitive guy inside that gorgeous shell.  They are initially attracted, and the relationship  grows as they get to know one another.

There’s adventure, cute kids, entertaining sidekicks, and a look at a society with different trappings than our own.

A very enjoyable read.

Thank you to Hachette Book Group for providing me a review copy of To Sin With a Scoundrel.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2010 in books, reviews

 

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