Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sunday Post #45


The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer book blog, and is a post to recap my bookish and non-bookish things from the last week.

I'm back up in Northern California at my daughter's house, and it's hot up here! Not as hot as down south, where it was 108 degrees at my house, but it was 100 degrees up here on Thursday and Friday.  Today is a little cooler, but I still got out early for a jog, and looks like I wasn't the only one out early trying to beat the heat, lol. Turkeys a-plenty!



Read:
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Total Control was entertaining but didn't knock my socks off. It's more of a novella than a full-length novel.  The Wallflower Wager was my favorite in the Girl Meets Duke series to date! I loved Penny and her animals! The story was hilarious (animal shenanigans!) and sweet, and the romance was delicious! 

Received/Purchased/Library Lend:
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I borrowed a copy of Every Last Breath after reading Sophia Rose's review of book two in this series. The series sounds like my kind of read!  I'll probably buy the audio book to listen, but I like to have an e-copy to switch back and forth. 

Watched:


I watched Terminator Genisys after seeing the trailer for the new Terminator coming in November so I'd be all caught up. I didn't know it was the chick (Emilia Clarke) from Game of Thrones playing Sarah Connor in this installment. It was surprisingly good!  I can't wait for the new one, though, because Linda Hamilton is returning as Sarah Connor!

How was your week?



Friday, September 13, 2019

Review & Giveaway: Outfox by Sandra Brown


Publication Date: August 6th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 448
Source: Publisher
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About the book:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown combines heart-stopping suspense and forbidden passion in this psychological thriller about an FBI agent's hunt for a ruthless conman turned serial killer.

Sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats, this new novel will feature Brown's signature combination of steamy romance and jaw-dropping plot twists.

FBI agent Drex Easton is relentlessly driven by a single goal: to outmaneuver the conman once known as Weston Graham. Over the past thirty years, Weston has assumed many names and countless disguises, enabling him to lure eight wealthy women out of their fortunes before they disappeared without a trace, their families left without answers and the authorities without clues. The only common trait among the victims: a new man in their life who also vanished, leaving behind no evidence of his existence . . . except for one signature custom.

Drex is convinced that these women have been murdered, and that the man he knows as Weston Graham is the sociopath responsible. But each time Drex gets close to catching him, Weston trades one persona for another and disappears again. Now, for the first time in their long game of cat and mouse, Drex has a suspect in sight.

Attractive and charming, Jasper Ford is recently married to a successful businesswoman many years his junior, Talia Shafer. Drex insinuates himself into their lives, posing as a new neighbor and setting up surveillance on their house. The closer he gets to the couple, the more convinced he becomes that Jasper is the clever, merciless predator he's sought--and that his own attraction to Talia threatens to compromise his purpose and integrity.

This is Drex's one chance to outfox his cunning nemesis before he murders again and eludes justice forever. But first he must determine if the desirable Talia is a heartless accomplice . . . or the next victim.
My Thoughts:
As the book description points out, Drex is sure he’s found Weston Graham, now going by Jasper Ford, a man he thinks is responsible for the disappearance of eight or more wealthy women over the years.  Weston befriends them, and then they, along with their money disappear without a trace.  Jasper has married a rich, younger woman, Talia, and Drex is determined to snare Jasper before any harm comes to her.

Drex Easton was like most of Ms. Brown’s heroes, very male, hot blooded and a little rough around the edges. Yum! It was no wonder sparks flew between Talia and Drex the minute they laid eyes on each other.  Their relationship at first was attraction laced with a little hostility, because Drex isn’t sure that Talia isn’t an accomplice, he goes back and forth with his feelings for her.  Talia is attracted, but of course, she’s married to Jasper, yet, Talia something seems off with Jasper, especially since Drex came into their life.  Jasper welcomes Drex into their lives, inviting him to dinner and such, but their exchanges are on the adversarial side, and Talia isn’t sure what’s going on. Is it a male pissing match or something more sinister? 

The story sucked me in right away, each chapter ending on sort of mini cliffhanger, so it pained me when I had to put the book down!  Outfox was signature Sandra Brown, an addictive mystery, combustible romance, and a few twists sure to surprise! The last reveal was a total shock I didn’t see coming, but I loved how everything turned out!

4 Suns





Grand Central Publishing has generously provided not just one, but TWO copies of Outfox by Sandra Brown for giveaway to two winners!! The giveaway is open to US and Canadian Residents only.  Fill out the rafflecopter below for a chance to win. Good luck!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

WWW Wednesdays #1



WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.  The three W's are: 

What are you currently reading? 
What did you recently finish reading?
What will you be reading next?


This is my first time doing a WWW Wednesday so we'll see how this goes.  

What are you currently reading?


I need some time to sink into Archangel's War, but this week has been so busy!  I started The Wallflower Wager on my way home from work yesterday (audio book) and I've been laughing so hard!  Penny is hilarious with her brood of animals, and so very sweet. I just LOVE her! Add in a grumpy hero and I'm having a blast.  Not even the horrid ride home (thank you, flaming semi-truck!!) I spent in traffic could dim my enjoyment. 

What did you recently finish?



Usually love Laura Griffin's romantic suspense, while Total Control was entertaining, it was just okay for me. It was a quick read at 183 pages, more of a novella length story.

What will you be reading next?


After seeing a lot of love for Well Met I grabbed up an e-ARC last minute. I hope to dive in this weekend. 

What are your reading plans?


Saturday, September 7, 2019

Sunday Post #44


The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer book blog, and is a post to recap my bookish and non-bookish things from the last week.

Another week of hot temps, I don't even want to exercise at all, but at least Fall is right around the corner right? My daughter came down to Southern California with my grand kids so we've been entertaining the kiddos all day.  My grandaughter (17 mos old) is currently having her bath in my kitchen sink as I type this at the counter, lol. Hubby and I are taking turns watching her. 

Read:
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After reading and loving How to Love a Duke in Ten Day by Kerrigan Byrne I downloaded The Highwayman. It was really good and I plan on reading more of her backlist soon. Outfox was another win by Sandra Brown with her signature twists and a sizzling romance! Bringing Down the Duke was sooo good! Can't wait for book two. 99 Percent Mine was a DNF for me. I couldn't take the heroine and I don't like reading a romance where the couple (or in this case, the hero) that's supposed to be together are with someone else.

Received/Purchased/Library Lend:
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Watched:


Falling in Love was a fun Netflix romcom, but nothing that knocked my socks off. I'd give it 3-3.5 stars out of 5.  On the plus side it was filmed in New Zealand and it was gorgeous! Loved the old Inn, too!

How was your week?



Friday, September 6, 2019

Review: Ice Cold Heart by P.J. Tracy


Publication Date: September 10th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible

About the book:

The gripping new thriller in P. J. Tracy's Twin Cities series, coming in Summer 2019
On a bitterly cold winter night, Kelly Ramage leaves her suburban home, telling her husband she's going to meet a friend.
She never comes back.
When her body is discovered, murdered in what seems to be a sex game gone horribly wrong, Detectives Gino and Magozzi take the case, expecting to find a flirtatious trail leading straight to the killer.
However, Kelly's sinister lover has done a disturbingly good job of hiding his identity. This isn't his first victim - and that she won't be the last...
My Thoughts:
Ice Cold Heart opens with Detectives Gino and Magozzi investigating the murder of a woman tied up to a bed with bondage elements.  The murder echoes the art exhibit she attended earlier in the evening. Is this a BDSM scene that went horribly wrong or a more sinister situation? This mystery was a disturbing one!

The Monkeewrench series grabbed my attention last year and I jumped in at book nine with no trouble, although, I didn’t appreciate all the relationships between Gino, Magozzi, and the Monkeewrench team as much as I would’ve had I read the series in order.  Since then I went back and read all the previous books, and I’ve come to love this series! They open with a mystery for the Detectives and a separate one for the Monkeewrench team, that usually end up intersecting and merging by the end.  I’d call this a crime police procedural, but with a little fun.  Not the murders, obviously, most of those are disturbing and sad, but the relationships between the characters are filled with bits of humor.  Detectives Gino and Magozzi are partners, but also best friends which comes through as they investigate each case. Whether ribbing each other or providing support both in work and personal matters, they have each other’s backs. 

In book one, the Detectives and the Monkeewrench team come together, but there’s distrust and suspicions on both sides, and it takes solving the case to meld them together into what they are now.  Monkeewrench is a computer software company.  Each member, Grace, Roadrunner, Annie, and Harley a genius with a troubled past, more family than business partners. Their programs end up helping the police and FBI nail down the bad guys.

From book one Grace, and Magozzi have had an attraction that’s morphed into something amazing, and I’ve loved watching every small step they’ve made to be together.  Their romance is one of my favorite things about the series, and this installment was especially sweet!  But every character shines in their own way, and I’ve loved seeing the friendships formed and how they interact. I was excited to learn more about Roadrunner and his past in this installment and thrilled over some new developments for him!  The Monkeewrench series continues to be an addictive one, not losing one bit of steam even after ten books! I can’t wait for the next one!

4 Suns



Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Review: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore


Publication Date: September 3rd 2019 by Berkley 
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About the book:

A stunning debut for author Evie Dunmore and her Oxford Rebels, in which a fiercely independent vicar's daughter takes on a duke in a fiery love story that threatens to upend the British social order.

England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women's suffrage movement. Her charge: recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain's politics at the Queen's command. Her challenge: not to give in to the powerful attraction she can't deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for.

Sebastian is appalled to find a suffragist squad has infiltrated his ducal home, but the real threat is his impossible feelings for green-eyed beauty Annabelle. He is looking for a wife of equal standing to secure the legacy he has worked so hard to rebuild, not an outspoken commoner who could never be his duchess. But he wouldn't be the greatest strategist of the Kingdom if he couldn't claim this alluring bluestocking without the promise of a ring...or could he?

Locked in a battle with rising passion and a will matching her own, Annabelle will learn just what it takes to topple a duke....

My Thoughts:
Bringing Down the Duke was sooo good! There was a delicious push and pull between Annabelle and Sebastian. They started out as enemies with opposing political views, and Sebastian was quite arrogant at first.  It was a meeting of minds with intelligent conversation, and an undercurrent of intense attraction! For as much as they were at odds at times, Sebastian was quite the knight-in-shining-armor often coming to the rescue even when it put him at risk. I fell hard for him!

Annabelle was a breath of fresh air! The kind of woman I hope I’d be in the face of such obstacles. It really was a tough time for women back then.  This was set in a time when women had few rights, really appalling when you think of it. The situation Annabelle found herself in with her cousin was infuriating, and I’m glad he had little to do with the story other than at the beginning. 

I can’t believe Bringing Down the Duke was a debut novel! While it took me a little bit to sink into the story, I was solidly glued to the pages as soon as I hit the %15 mark I didn’t want to put the story down eager to find out what happened next!  I love how everything turned out, and I can’t wait until Lucie’s story next, especially after reading the teaser at the end!


4.5 Suns


Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday Post #43


The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer book blog, and is a post to recap my bookish and non-bookish things from the last week.


I had a busy week at work. Thankfully, I got off work early on Thursday and my husband and I were able to drive up north early without major holiday traffic congestion.  I took a picture of my read (with glass of wine) out on the patio with a view. I have to say, though, it's flipping hot here in Northern California!  Not as bad as home down south, but still.  Give it up Summer! I am so ready to move on!

Read:
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Received/Purchased/Library Lend:
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Love Catherine Bybee's series so excited for the newest (the last book in the series). I can't say no to Maisey Yates, so a yes to Cowboy Christmas Redemption was a no-brainer. I can't tell you how excited I am to start The Wallflower Wager! Love Tessa Dare's historical romances! One Good Deed is a looonngg book, but I just got my library lend audio book version and I hope it's good. 

Watched:

Nothing. I'd like to watch The River Wild this weekend and see if I like as much as the first time I watched it years ago.


How was your week?



Saturday, August 31, 2019

Spotlight & Giveaway: Catching Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds

I've seen good things about Aurora Rose Reynold's work.  Catching Him sounds so good! I'm sharing some details about the book as well as a giveaway of Catching Him & $25 Amazon Gift Card so be sure to scroll down and fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win!


Publication Date: August 27th 2019 by Montlake Romance
Pages: 215
Purchase Link: Amazon

About the book:  
Leah Emerson isn’t looking for a man—she’s looking for the right man. But her mother’s idea of a great catch leaves her cold, and she’s pretty sure her cocky, arrogant, and way too good-looking new neighbor isn’t the one either. If only her wayward cat would stop jumping through his window, she could get on with her life.
Tyler Duncan moved into town for a new job, not to fall in love. But he always goes after the things he wants in life with steadfast determination . . . and he wants Leah Emerson. He wants her smiles, he wants her touch, and he definitely wants her in bed.
Unfortunately, someone else wants Leah—in the worst way. Now Tyler’s on a mission to protect the woman he’s falling in love with while proving he’s worth falling for, and Leah must decide whether Tyler is a catch worth catching . . .
Guest Post: Aurora Rose Reynolds' Guide to Catching Him

In my newest book, Catching Him, Leah Emmerson is over men who can’t commit and she is determined to find a man who is willing to chase her for once. When she meets Tyler Duncan she’s not sure she likes him, however, once she gets his attention he makes it clear that he wants her. Tyler goes out of his way to make Leah his and prove that he’s the kind of guy she should be with. The task isn't easy; Leah has built up walls because of her past relationships, but after getting to know Tyler as a friend she realizes that he’s the perfect catch. 

I’m here to give you some advice on how to catch an alpha male, this method is tried and true. 

Step one. 

Ignore the hot guy. I know this might seem a little crazy when you’re trying to actually catch a hot guy, but I’m telling you now that for whatever reason the more you ignore him the more he will come around.

Step two. 

Avoid danger, however, if you do get into trouble be open and honest with the hot guy. If he's worth your time then he will step up to protect you. 

Step three. 

Don’t be afraid if things go fast. 

Step four. 

This step is the simplest of them all: Believe him when he says he loves you and go on to live happily ever after. 




About the author:
Aurora Rose Reynolds is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose wildly popular series include Fluke My Life, Until, Until Him, Until Her, and Underground Kings. Her writing career started as an attempt to get the outrageous alpha men in her head to leave her alone and has blossomed into an opportunity to share her stories with readers all over the world.
To stay up to date on what’s happening, join the Alpha Mailing List: https://bit.ly/2GXYsVS. To order signed books, go to https://AuroraRoseReynolds.com. You can reach Reynolds via email at Auroraroser@gmail.com and follow her on Instagram (@Auroraroser), Facebook (AuthorAuroraRoseReynolds), and Twitter (@Auroraroser).

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Review: Untamed Delights by Suzanne Wright


Publication Date: July 16th 2019 by Montlake Romance
Pages: 381
Source: Publisher & Kindle Unlimited Audio version
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible

About the book:

Return to the sensual and feral stirrings of the Phoenix Pack as a woman who’s already bound to one man is tempted by a wolf who’s bound only to his nightly desires.
Cat shifter Mila Devereaux can’t help but see it as a betrayal. That her one true mate imprinted himself on another female was hard enough to accept. Struggling to be at peace with her loveless fate, she doesn’t fight the suggestion of entering an arranged mating. Then she meets Dominic, a pack enforcer with a notorious reputation. It’s in his very scent. This irresistible playboy—and delicious badass wolf—is making Mila’s fantasies come alive again.
Alarming, compelling, and heady with sensual energy, Dominic is an expert at making women shed their inhibitions. Now everything about him—his killer smile, his perfectly sculpted body, and his smooth-as-honey voice—is drawing in a captivating new catch. But for the first time in his life, Dominic is feeling more than a fling. He finds himself tantalized by a female who makes him think of forever. He wants all of Mila and won’t be satisfied until he has it.
As the passion grows wild, so does the risk. They’re falling in love in the shadows and secrets of their pasts. And it’s threatening to destroy everything Mila and Dominic are fighting for. And are destined for.

My Thoughts:
I’ve been waiting for Dominic’s story for a long time! This guy was famous for his suggestive jokes, which always make me laugh! He’s seemingly an easy going, love-um-and-leave-um sort of guy, but we finally get his backstory and turns out Dominic’s not as easy going as he seems.  True, he’s avoided commitment, but as he sets eyes on Mila something inside him shifts, and commitment doesn’t sound so bad. Even better if that means holding onto Mila, because she brings out possessive instincts he thought he never had.

For the most part, Suzanne Wright’s shifter stories have been romances between true mates, meaning the two were made for each, destined to be each other’s mate.  This is the second story I’ve read by here where the couple aren’t true mates, in fact, Mila knows the identity of her true mate, knew it was him the minute she laid eyes on him, but her mate, Joel, didn’t recognize her because he was already in love with another woman.  In this version of shifters, pairs can imprint and form bonds like true mates if their love and trust is strong.

Mila was planning on moving to another pack, open to the idea of an arranged mating.  However, her plans start to shift when Dominic sort of forces his way into her life. There is a definite irresistible attraction between them, but Mila’s not interested in him at all after hearing his reputation. She’s not the kind of woman that would tolerate being another notch in his bedpost. But Dominic’s like an annoying gnat that just won’t go way, lol.  

I was happy the conflict in Untamed Delights wasn’t from unnecessary relationship drama, instead the drama came from the constant threats against Mila’s life and a couple of delusional humans. As Dominic and Mila try to find out why she’s a target, they become closer, and as shifters do (even if you’re not true mates) bonds start to form.  I also appreciated that Mila doesn’t stress out over Dominic’s past conquests or whether or not he’ll commit to her, a lot of times when a character keeps worrying over that kind of stuff, it stresses me out, too.

This is the eighth book in the series, but you don’t need to read the other books first.  You could read these books out of order because they’re each stand-alone, different couple/romance. If you like fun shifter stories with quite a bit of sizzle, humor and a bit of danger I recommend any of Suzanne Wright’s shifter stories. 

Apparently, this is the last book in the Phoenix Pack series and Ms. Wright gifted us with an epilogue some years into the future featuring not only Dominic and Mila, but our past couples too. Loved it!

4 Suns



Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne

I LOVED this story so much, so I'm thrilled to be part of the Blog Tour for How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne! As part of this tour I have my review, a Q & A with the author, and giveaway of the book so be sure to scroll down of a chance to win!


How to Love a Duke in Ten Days (Devil You Know #1) by Kerrigan Byrne
Publication Date: August 27th 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Pages: 446
Source: Publisher
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About the book:

These men are dark, bold, and brave. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees...

Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for to herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil.

LOVE TAKES NO PRISONERS

Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts her footsteps. But her gentleness, sharp wit, independent nature, and incredible beauty awakens every fierce desire within him. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms.
My Thoughts:
I absolutely LOVED Alexandra and Piers' story! The prologue was a shocking jolt, forging a friendship between three schoolgirls who’ve stuck through thick and thin together.  Ten years later Alexandra and Cecelia have been called in by Francesca to Castle Redmayne. Without any details they know it’s a matter of some urgency, and despite Alexandra having her own troubles she and Cecelia drop everything and go.  Little does Alexandra know that her life is about to change in a way she never imagined possible.

Piers, the Duke of Redmayne, aka the Terror of Torcliff, is set on revenge and in need of a wife to carry out his plans. Meeting Alexandra doesn’t really fit into those plans, but she basically bewitches him from the first meeting, and then (as the book description states) Alexandra proposes they marry for both their benefit. 

Alexandra comes off as fearless and independent in some respects, but also skittish and na├»ve in others. Piers is an imposing man; big and fierce, Alexandra never thought she’d feel protected by such a man, but his presence makes her feel safe, and something even more shocking, Alexandra feels desire!

The chemistry between Alexandra and Piers leaped off the pages from their first meeting on!  Trust is not an easy thing for either of them, both have been severely betrayed by people that should’ve looked out for them, so it’s a slow, step by step process between them and I relished every inch gained! It was two steps forward, one back sort of thing at times, and it tugged on my heart strings!  But oh, I loved the irresistible pull between them, and their encounters were filled with heat and passion!  Oh, my!

This is the first-time reading Kerrigan Bryne, and I was impressed! Her writing was lovely, and I was captivated from the first page. I’m eagerly anticipating the next story in this series, Cecelia’s romance, All Scot and Bothered, but until then I’ve downloaded one of Ms. Byrne’s backlist, The Highwayman, and I can’t wait to dig in!

5 Suns


Q&A with Kerrigan Byrne:

Q: What inspired you to write How to Love a Duke in Ten Days?
A:  I’ve always been one of those women who have enjoyed fierce female friendships. I think that soulmates, even for heterosexual women, can be just as necessary with other women as with men, and a real hero must not just love and respect you, but also your tribe. I wanted to write a series where historical heroines could truly have it all, education, dreams, businesses, wealth, genius, revenge, hot sex, AND true love. Where the sacrifices were made on their behalf instead by them, and where their heroes learn to lift them up in all ways, heal their pains, calm their fears, become their best friends, and protect them with what I hope is a great balance between alpha hotness and progressive sensitivity.


Q: Is there one thing you would like readers to take away from this story?
A: That’s tough because I packed a lot in there! I would say the one thing from this book, specifically, is that happiness is attainable against the odds, even when overcoming the worst that people can do to one another. Even though I’m a grown up and a cynic, I still like to write books that remind me that true love conquers all, because that love can come from so many people.


Q: Can you describe your typical day writing this book?
A: This book was especially difficult for me to write, so I spent a great deal of time in my bathrobe. I would get up, my fantastic husband would make me coffee, I’d call my critique partner and we’d do a bit of brainstorming, and I’d write and rewrite for hours, stress, cry, throw things, walk the dog, eat, snack, eat some more, facebook way too much, and then finish under word count, binge a tv show or a book until I stared at the ceiling into the wee hours. Oh, and there was drinking in there at regular intervals.
Glamorous, I know!


Q: Describe the hero and heroine of How to Love a Duke in Ten Days in three words each.
A: The Duke of Redmayne:          Wary. Wounded. Wicked.
      Lady Alexandra Lane:                        Brave. Brilliant. Beautiful.    


Q: What is the one thing that the heroine, Alexandra, can’t live without?
A: She cannot live without her two dearest friends in the entire world, Miss Cecelia Teague, and Lady Francesca Cavendish. They literally buried a body for her, and would defend her to the death.


Q: What was your hardest scene to write in How to Love a Duke in Ten Days? Your favorite?
A: As with many (most) of my novels, the prologues are the hardest to write, and read, I suspect. Usually I take the characters to the very edge of their breaking point, often times pushing them over so they have what seems like insurmountable conflicts to overcome both internally and externally. So, for this book, Alexandra’s assault was the most difficult thing to get through, and boy did I enjoy being able to help Piers put her back together, because he was just the perfect hero for her. Tender, empathetic, a good sense of humor, and a large dose of protective alphaness.


Q: Why do you write historical romance? 
A:  I’ve always romanticized the past. I can’t help it. I love the pace and the aesthetic, the gowns and the suits and the manners and the manors. I love to do historical research and it’s so fun to see how much we are influenced by the past and how, even though so much has changed through the centuries, people really haven’t. Also, it’s fun to play with language, mystery, and sex in a time when a scandal was still possible. *wink.


Q: Is there another particular author that inspires you or that you enjoy reading? 
A: There is a LIST! I would say in historical romance, though, it’s always always Lisa Kleypas. She has a grasp on the characterization of historical folks that I can never hope to attain. I’m just in awe of her every word.


Q: Where do you go or what resources do you use to make sure your novels are historically correct? 
A: I love to find books about a time period at B&N or my local bookshops. I go to Harper’s Bazaar for fashion, and a slew of Victorian references for the time period. I do read blogs and sometimes consult with historians and experts.


Q: Did you learn anything surprising while researching for this novel?
A: Many things! I learned how truly difficult it was to attain an education as a woman as little as a hundred years ago. It’s really incredible how far we’ve come in a century.


Q: What do you do when faced with writer’s block, if you ever are? 
A: Oh man. I often am. I usually try to shake it loose with a brainstorming conversation with a few friends I have who always seem to be able to unstick me. I rely heavily on the creativity of others as well as my own.


Q: How did you feel the first time you realized one of your books was a big success? 
A: I didn’t believe it. It seems surreal every time I truly realize that a story I wrote entertained another human. Let alone more than one. I’m like… they paid to read it? WHAT?


Q: What’s next for the Devil You Know series?
A: I’m especially excited for the next book ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED because it’s about Alexandra’s best friend the curvy vicar’s daughter, Cecelia Teague. She inherits London’s most infamous and successful brothel, and one imposing, surly Scottish enemy along with it. She and Lord Ramsay, the Lord Chief Justice with an axe to grind against her establishment, can’t be in a room together without the sparks flying. I can’t think about this book without smiling.


Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
A: I hope you enjoy this trio of roguish redheads as much as I enjoyed writing them!




Author Bio:
Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, USA
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bestseller Kerrigan Byrne uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in every book. She lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her handsome husband and three lovely teenage girls, but dreams of settling on the Pacific Coast. Her Victorian Rebels novels include The Highwayman and The Highlander.

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