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Winners: How to Tame a Modern Rogue by Diana Holquist

how to tame a modern rogueThank you to everyone who entered this giveaway for How to Tame a Modern Rogue by Diana Holquist. Thank you to Hachette Books for allowing me to host this giveaway!

Since this is a book set in modern times with a regency romance sensibility, I asked those entering to tell me what their favorite era for romance for a bonus enry.

There was absolutely no consensus in the answers! We had:

  • Tudor period (1485-1603)
  • 1700s Scotland/England
  • Colonial period (1700s)
  • Regency (1811-1820) (2 votes)
  • Victorian (1837-1900)  (3 votes)
  • American Frontier/Wild Wild West (late 1700s-1900) (3 votes)
  • World War II/ 1930s-1940s
  • Modern

I’ll conclude that although the 1800s are popular, whenever a romance is set, someone is interested :-).  If I’d asked more people we might have gotten answers from pre-historic to Science Fiction.

Now, for what you are here to find out!

The winners are:

  1. Alicia
  2. Beth (already won)
  3. Stacie
  4. Anfisa
  5. Wanda
  6. Pam

They have been notified via e-mail.

Thank you again to everyone.  Congratulations to the winners!

Don’t forget to check out my giveaway for The Way Home by George P. Pelecanos which ends Oct. 2.

Later this week, I’ll have a review and giveaway for The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik. Check back!


Posted by on September 22, 2009 in books, giveaway


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Review & Giveaway: How to Tame a Modern Rogue by Diana Holquist

How to Tame a Modern RogueMy rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The good news first: This book was a lot of fun.

I loved the setup– the always eccentric grandmother decides she’s living in the world of a particular Regency Romance novel. As in the book, she must marry off her granddaughter (who, luckily, is not 16 as in the book). So she picks out a duke, or the closest thing to one that she can find.

Granny Donny was an interesting character, and I liked Ally. I wish I’d liked Sam a little more. His resemblance to your typical physically attractive but emotionally wounded regency romance hero was something of an ongoing gag. I did like it when he showed up in lace up pants :-).

There were several great scenes, including one involving a highly pathetic kitten.

The problem is that I need to be able to shut off the analytical part of my brain when reading a book like this.   I did have some issues with this book, that usually went away when I reminded myself I was looking forward to this book for the fun part, I wanted a break from books I needed to think about.

There were a few things that simply pushed my buttons about the way that Sam and Ally behaved towards each other, and other things I just didn’t see those characters doing.

I did have fun reading it, that was the most important thing.

Now, you have a chance to have fun reading it too.

Giveaway information

Thank you to Hachette Books for providing me a review copy of How to Tame a Modern Rogue. Thanks to them, I’m hosting a giveaway of 5 copies!


  1. Leave a comment to enter. Be sure your e-mail address it asks for is valid, so I can notify you if you win.  If you have additional entries, you can leave them in the same comment.
  2. For another 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.
  3. One more entry if you let other people know about this giveaway! On your blog, on Twitter, another social site. Just let me know.
  4. As a bonus (for an additional entry) tell me what historical period you think makes for the best romances.  Granny Donny would clearly go for Regency, by the last part of the book, Ally might agree :-).

Having an address (not a PO Box) in the US or Canada is required. I’ll pick the winners in the evening of September 22.


Posted by on September 1, 2009 in books, giveaway, reviews


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