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Friday Giveaway: Not Quite A Wife by Mary Jo Putney

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 | PERMALINK

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What pairs well with a Friday evening? If you're thinking "wine," you are 100 percent correct, but add a fluffy blanket and a second-chance romance, and you've got our ideal way to start the weekend. Which is why we're giving away Mary Jo Putney's latest, Not Quite A Wife, a historical romance about Laurel Herbert, a woman who wed wealthy spymaster Lord Kirkland, but quickly left after she saw him do something she could not come to terms with. Ten years later, he's back, and after a steamy night of catching up, Laurel finds herself pregnant. Lord Kirkland is determined to mend their relationship, but not if a kidnapper has anything to say about it! Sounds pretty juicy, and, get this: we've got twenty (20!) paperback copies to give away.

U.S. residents only. Good luck! And thanks so much for hanging out with us all week, we love the company! 

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Cover Reveal: Honor Among Thieves by Elizabeth Boyce

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

It's time for another juicy cover reveal, faithful readers, and if you're a fan of dark, thrilling and romantic Regency tales, then this one's for you! Elizabeth Boyce is ready to launch her new series, The Honorables, with Honor Among Thieves, coming your way October 27 from Crimson Romance — and we're helping her kick it off with the exclusive cover reveal! Let the fun begin!

To pay off her recently deceased brother’s debts, however, Lorna Robbins must take drastic measures. When she happens upon a resurrectionist gang stealing his corpse, she does the unthinkable and joins the criminal outfit to save her family estate and her younger sibling. For the first time in her lonely, duty-driven life, Lorna finds herself leading a treacherous and exciting double existence. By day, she becomes a popular lady of the ton, relying on society gossip to help her body-snatching gang. By night, she becomes the grave robber known only as the Blackbird.


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In A Historical Slump? Connie Brockway's Tips For Getting Back In The Mood

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

Are you in a historical romance slup? With so many great contemporary romances dominating the market, it can be hard to get in the mood for a good Regency or Victorian-set romance. With her new novel, The Songbird's Seduction, Connie Brockway tackles the 1900s and shows her love for the Edwardian period. Today, Connie shares a list of her favorite Edwardian-set movies that are sure to make you fan of those tumultuous years.

Long before Downton Abbey hit American shores, I saw the Merchant-Ivory film, A Room with a View, and fell in love with the Edwardian period. It’s no surprise that my latest novel, The Songbird’s Seduction, takes place in 1908.

The Edwardian era was the last stand of an aristocratic lifestyle, a world of contrast and potential, where the word “girl” denoted maturity while the term “young lady” inferred naivety, where chauffeured motor cars took merry-makers to the theater and shop girls took typing lessons.


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Cover Reveal: Garrett by Sawyer Bennett

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 | PERMALINK

Romance, secrets and hockey come together in full force in Sawyer Bennett's upcoming novel Garrett, the second book in her Cold Fury Hockey series, which kicks off this October with Alex. And while Garrett doesn't come out until February, we have something rather delicious to tide you over — the cover! And let us tell you, it's a hot one. But don't let us spoil it for you, read on to see the reveal and to learn more about the book.

Let's start by seeing what this book is about:

Carolina Cold Fury star Garrett Samuelson never wants to miss out on a single minute of fun. Whether he’s playing hockey, hanging out with friends, or walking the red carpet with a new date on his arm, he lives every day to the fullest. When he meets Olivia Case, he sees someone who’s exactly his type — confident, sexy, smart ... his next fling. But the more he pursues her, the more Garrett shares a side of himself that other women don’t normally get to see.


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Outlander Recap: Episode 1.6 — "The Garrison Commander"

BY Regina Small, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last week: Claire traveled with the Castle Leoch crew to collect rent — and discovered that Dougal's trying to raise money for a Jacobite army to unseat England's current king. Hurray, treason!

We left off last week with British soldier Lieutenant Jeremy Foster asking Claire if Dougal is holding her against her will. Returning from the smash cut to black, we pick up immediately with Claire's answer: No, she's not a prisoner. She's a guest of Clan MacKenzie.

Foster still feels his superior would want to speak to Claire, so he requests she come with him. Dougal insists on going as well and, as they travel, Claire VOs that there's something comforting about riding with her own people; after all, she did serve in the British army for six years. I don't totally understand her affection for THIS British army, given the fallout of the brutal crucifixion we saw last week. But okay.

Claire notes Dougal's discomfort — though they're still in Scotland AND on MacKenzie land, the town they're heading into has a strong British army presence, so Dougal's definitely in enemy territory.

Once they arrive, Foster takes Claire and Dougal directly to his commander, a foppish gentleman seated at a long dining table with other soldiers. He bolts out of his chair to introduce himself to Claire, proclaiming it's been too long since he's seen a "lovely English rose." Then he kisses her hand, and wastes no time calling Scotland "blasted turf."


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Bestselling Self-Published Romance: August 2014

BY Elisa Verna, SEPTEMBER 09, 2014 | PERMALINK

So many self-published titles are released each and every day, it’s hard to know which ones are worth your time — and your cash. As always, your RT Web Team is here for you, to help make sense of it all. We've scoured the bestseller lists to put together some of the top selling romance titles (including YA & NA romance) that caught our eye. Get your TBR list ready!

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Indestructible by Angela Graham

Genre: New Adult

Release date: August 2014

The Story: Newly single college grad Cassandra has fallen for the single dad next door, and book three (which contains no cliffhanger, I love it when that's made clear) concludes their story. Things to know about this series: the heroine is a sexual assault victim and apparently book three contains a ton of sex. Reviews claim secondary characters are a big part of this book, paving the way for more books in the series.


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Outlander Recap: Episode 1.5 — "Rent"

BY Regina Small, SEPTEMBER 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

Previously: After a failed escape attempt, Claire tended to a dying man on the Gathering's hunt and earned herself a place on Dougal's traveling band of rent collectors. Jamie got knocked on the head with a sword and — YUP — took his shirt off.

Jamie Shirtless Watch 2014: Technically? 22 minutes in, but it's under less than ideal circumstances.

To the recap!

Turned toward the mountains, Claire — who's rocking an amazing fur-collared coat — recites aloud the first part of John Donne's "Present in Absence." That initial stanza is about how the only thing that can fix the pain of someone's absence is time, which has an obvious double meaning for Claire.

Claire's halfway through when she's joined by a slight, bespectacled fellow who joins in her recitation. They bond over a mutual love of Donne as Dougal's men engage in some mildly drunken roughhousing and lively swearing in Gaelic.

Turns out Claire's fellow Donne enthusiast is Ned Gowan, a lawyer who's come to help Dougal with the records and receipts. Ned's also the only one Dougal trusts with the collected rent, which he keeps in a leather pouch on his horse. Amid a coughing fit, Ned explains that, besides money, they also accept grain, cabbage, trussed fowl and goats — but NO live pigs, not this year. Man, landlords today really don't know how easy they have it.


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Debut Author Spotlight: Claudia Connor

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

We love debut authors here at RT and we love introducing them to our readers. Today, we're shining the Debut Author Spotlight on Claudia Connor, the author behind Worth the Fall, which our reviewer says is "a beautiful story" that "reminds readers that your life is never too complicated for love." Read on to learn more about Claudia and the book!

Name: Claudia Connor

Book: Worth the Fall

Genre: Contemporary romance

Current Home: Germantown, TN

Author Icon/Favorite Author: Oh, boy, it’s impossible to choose one favorite, but if I could spend a day picking someone’s brain it would probably be Nora Roberts. I think she’s a genius. I mean hello? Roarke.

Favorite Word: "Haboob" — I recently learned this word because I have a friend who lives in AZ. And more importantly, my husband didn’t know it. First time that’s EVER happened. I was so excited I did a happy in-your-face dance. As he wins at absolutely everything, he didn’t care.


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Author Q&A: Nalini Singh Turns up the Music with Rock Addiction

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 04, 2014 | PERMALINK

Nalini Singh is no stranger over here at RT and her paranormal romances have hooked us again and again, earning her several Top Pick ratings and RT Award nominations and wings. But before she was a queen of paranormal, Nalini penned contemporary romances and now with Rock Addiction, the first in the Rock Kiss series, she's returning to her roots. Today, Nalini answers our burning questions about the new book and series. Take a look:

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Rock Addiction marks your return to Contemporary Romance. What about this story inspired you to go back to your roots?

I've actually had Rock Addiction partially written for a long time. I knew I wanted to tell this story, but while I had the start, I didn't feel as if I knew the characters deeply enough, didn't yet have an insight into what drove them. Then one day, everything clicked and I wrote it compulsively — I think often a story needs time to grow and develop in my mind, until it gets to a point where all the pieces are in place for it to be told.


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Outlander Recap: Episode 1.4 — "The Gathering"

BY Regina Small, SEPTEMBER 02, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last week: Claire came to the aid of a "possessed" boy who was actually suffering from poison, securing her place as a healer and earning the enmity of the local priest. Also, she and Jamie played footsie under a table like weird horny teenagers.

Jamie Shirtless Watch 2014: First shirtless appearance at 34 minutes.

On to the recap:

Two Scottish soldiers train their rifles on a running woman — and it's Claire. But it soon becomes clear that Claire is running happily from a group of children. She tumbles down onto her back with a laugh, but the revelry is cut short when one of her guards stands over her prone body, giving her an up-kilt view. Claire's not impressed.

As Claire gets to her feet, Colum's young son notices that Claire's fichu and her hair ribbon are missing, but Claire brushes this off. The guards, Angus and Rupert, are grumbling about missing the festivities (i.e., drinking to excess) so she tells the children to hurry off and they'll play another day. As she merrily tells the guards they'd best head to the party inside Castle Leoch, Claire VOs that her adventures with the kids are actually excuses to reconnoiter the grounds and leave "bread crumbs" — the missing hair ribbon and fichu — to find her way to possible escape routes later. More Mata Hari than Mary Poppins, our Claire.


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