RT Daily Blog

Cover Chat: The Earl Is Mine By Kieran Kramer

BY Whitney Sullivan, JULY 30, 2012 | PERMALINK

It’s no secret that Kieran Kramer stole my heart with her cleverly titled 2010 debut When Harry Met Molly, and since then the author has penned not one, but four more stories of equal parts sweetness and hilarity. These are Regency romps in the finest sense of the phrase, but because of the fast-paced plot and witty dialogue, these books also appeal to contemporary romance fans. Clocking in with five RT Top Picks, Kramer is a must-read new author who keeps me at rapt attention.

In September the author will start on her second series, the House of Brady books, which are an homage to the '70s sitcom The Brady Bunch. (The concept has more than one of us here at RT wondering how the famous theme song would have sounded if it were played by historical instruments. Thankfully, I found this gem, which set our minds at ease. Am I the only one who can hear this wafting over the crowds at a Regency era ball?) In September, Loving Lady Marcia kicks off the collection about six Regency-era siblings from a blended family. However, for those fans who simply can’t wait to pick up the series starter, early this week the author dropped another piece of news that has me veritably frothing at the mouth — Kramer has just released the look of book two!


Read More>>

Tags: RT Daily Blog, Romance
4COMMENTS SUBSCRIBE TO RSS FEED EMAIL SHARE PERMALINKREAD ENTIRE POST

Series Saturday: At RWA Nationals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 28, 2012 | PERMALINK

As series authors know, the best romances can come in small packages. The writers of these category-length tales are especially adept at making sure that every glance and every word spoken is infused with meaning. Each scene in these books must count and oftentimes the most important scene is the first meeting between the hero and the heroine. This year at the RWA Nationals we had the chance to ask series authors to reveal which one of their “meeting scenes” between the hero and heroine they consider their most memorable.

Jane Porter, Harlequin Presents

When asked to reveal her favorite meeting scene, Jane Porter immediately mentioned her May 2008 Harlequin Presents title, King of the Desert, Captive Bride. When wrongly imprisoned on trumped up charges in the Middle East, travel agent Olivia Morse has no one to turn to — except Sheikh Khalid Fehr. To get her out of jail, he must claim her as his betrothed. “The heroine is in a horrible prison,” explains Porter, “so he uses his Alpha-ness to save her.” And with this unconventional start, these characters have secured a place in the author's and readers' hearts.


Read More>>

Tags: RT Daily Blog, Romance
0COMMENTS SUBSCRIBE TO RSS FEED EMAIL SHARE PERMALINKREAD ENTIRE POST

Morgan And Shawna Dish: Delilah Marvelle's Forever A Lady

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

Delilah Marvelle’s Forever a Lady takes readers on a realistic journey from the gritty slums of 1820s New York to tonnish London as she sets the scene for a “wrong side of the tracks” romance. Lady Bernadette Marie Burton is a wealthy widow and she’s looking to enjoy her well-earned freedom. Having no need of a husband, Bernadette’s on the lookout for a lover. When a darkly handsome Irish-American man saves her from an attacker, she believes she’s met her match. Matthew Joseph Milton wants to be everything that Lady Bernadette needs. But after falling into some hard times in New York, the journalist’s once pleasant life has taken a dark turn — forcing him into the slums that he would eventually come to protect as a gang leader. Can this couple ever bridge such wildly different backgrounds to find the love they both crave? Read on as RT’s Shawna does her first-ever Dish with Morgan for this week’s in-depth look at a read that has just hit shelves …

Morgan: When the story begins, hero Matthew Joseph Milton and his father are having a pretty bad day.


Read More>>

Tags: RT Daily Blog, Romance
2COMMENTS SUBSCRIBE TO RSS FEED EMAIL SHARE PERMALINKREAD ENTIRE POST

Romance Rodeo: Choose Your Cowboy Cutie

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 23, 2012 | PERMALINK

This month, three is the magic number when it comes to cowboy heroes. The July 2012 releases feature three stories from different settings so that you’ll wind up with the cowboy of your dreams. You can let your eyes do the picking with a look at these excellent covers but if you’re anything like us, the sight of not one but three cowboy hat-clad yummy heroes might leave you even more indecisive. So today we’re breaking these books down, telling you where (and when) you’ll find these dudes who are home, home on the range and have lassoed our hearts. And remember, no one said you have to choose just one ...

 

 

 

Cowboy Contender One: Brody Armstrong

Where You’ll Find Him: In the historical romance Brody by Emma Lang

When You’ll Find Him: Texas, 1836

Why You’ll Love Him: This Texas Ranger fearlessly hunts for a young man who was stolen by ranchers — a job that would be a lot easier if the boy’s sultry older sister Liv weren’t along to help. But as the pair of strangers turn into partners (in more way than one in this steamy story) you’ll love every second of their adventure that takes you through the lone star state and into 1800s Mexico!

Read The Review >>>

     

Read More>>

Tags: RT Daily Blog, Romance
19COMMENTS SUBSCRIBE TO RSS FEED EMAIL SHARE PERMALINKREAD ENTIRE POST

Series Saturday: Piper's Popularity

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 21, 2012 | PERMALINK

Recently, we have been seeing a lot of Pipers, Pias and Pippas in series romances. Could it be that a year ago, when these books were most likely being written, that one “P” name was dominating the headlines? Maybe we have Pippa Middleton, sister to the Duchess of Cambridge, to thank for some of the feisty heroines gracing our recent reads. In order to get to know these fictional heroines a bit better, we are spotlighting three "Pipers" that may have you seeing the newly fashionable name in a different light.

***

No Holds Barred by Cara Summers

Meet this Piper: Piper MacPherson 

Her Best Feature: Piper is a defense attorney who knows how to get her man - both in and out of the courtroom. When she becomes the target of a killer, her bodyguard turns out to be the one man who has been at the top of her fantasy list for years. 


Read More>>

Tags: RT Daily Blog, Romance
4COMMENTS SUBSCRIBE TO RSS FEED EMAIL SHARE PERMALINKREAD ENTIRE POST

Morgan And Whitney Dish: Jill Shalvis' Forever And A Day

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 19, 2012 | PERMALINK

Jill Shalvis Forever And A Day will sweep readers off of their feet and back to the author’s fictional small town of Lucky Harbor. When a sunny but directionless heroine, Grace, accepts a job walking the handsome Dr. Josh’s dog, it’s not long before she’s also babysitting Josh’s young son and living in his guesthouse. But as feelings grow between these two adults, will they be able to realize that they are perfect for each other before it’s too late?

Morgan: This story is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! Absolutely adorable (and I’m not just talking about the young boy and puppy who play important roles).

Whitney: I completely agree. This whole story is a delicious treat from start to finish!

Morgan: It all begins with Grace — a heroine who you really want to spend time with. And it continues with the totally hot doctor hero Josh. He’s to die for.

Whitney: But as attractive as Josh is — and I’d walk Dr. McHottie’s dog any day of the week — unfortunately, his life isn’t in such a good shape.


Read More>>

Tags: RT Daily Blog, Romance
1COMMENTS SUBSCRIBE TO RSS FEED EMAIL SHARE PERMALINKREAD ENTIRE POST

Around The World With July's Historical Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 18, 2012 | PERMALINK

If you are jonesing to lose yourself in a book that will help you travel back in time to somewhere a bit further afield than Regency-era or medieval Europe. If America’s Southern Belles and carpet baggers hold no charm for you, then this month you’ll love the three new releases that take you to locales that are off the beaten path. Today these authors who are venturing into little explored territory this month are reporting back from the front with the three most unusual (and totally true) facts that they discovered about the time period!

The Where And When: Norway, 1000s

You are unlikely to find too many novels set in 11th century Norway. But we couldn’t imagine any other backdrop to the sweeping drama of Lord of Fire and Ice, the co-written novel from Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe. As we were intrigued by the world that forged the sexy hero Brandr Ulfson we asked Mia Marlowe to tell us about some elements of his world that she couldn’t believe were true.

  • The Vikings had their own sense of fashion, but it wasn’t all horned helmets. There is archeological evidence for one silly season when lace hats were the “done thing.” For the guys! Whether it was filing their teeth to sharp points or staining them blue, they were very particular about their appearance. In fact, one chronicler complained that those Norse invaders were trying to “overcome the chastity of our English women through their foreign wiles.” What were those wily Vikings up to? Combing their hair and wearing clean underclothes. I’m a sucker for a guy in clean drawers, aren’t you?

  • Read More>>

    Tags: RT Daily Blog, Romance
    6COMMENTS SUBSCRIBE TO RSS FEED EMAIL SHARE PERMALINKREAD ENTIRE POST

Cover Chat: Elizabeth Hoyt's Lord Of Darkness

BY Whitney Sullivan, JULY 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

I’ve been following Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series with a devotion that borders on obsession. So when I learned that the cover of book five, February 2013’s Lord of Darkness, had just been released, well, there’s no way I was going to pass up the chance to chat about the upcoming novel. As I tend to — I have some pretty serious thoughts about the book ahead of us.

Frankly, I love these Georgian-era historical romances. The almost-Gothic feeling of the books offer a stark contrast to the lighter Regency romances that are much more common in the genre. And if the unusual overtones weren’t enough to get me hooked on the series (which I have to admit — they were), Hoyt’s witty way with words, clever character banter and steamy sex scenes are more than enough to make me flip the pages with gusto.


Read More>>

Tags: RT Daily Blog, Romance
4COMMENTS SUBSCRIBE TO RSS FEED EMAIL SHARE PERMALINKREAD ENTIRE POST

Series Saturday: A Man of Privilege Meets A Woman With A Past

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 14, 2012 | PERMALINK
This month author Sarah M. Anderson released the Harlequin Desire title A Man of Privilege. This page-turning tale was rated a Top Pick! and also nominated for the Editor's July Seal of Excellence. This series story like none other had RT's Morgan raving, "The author takes the tropes of the genre and turns them upside down and backwards." A Man of Privilege features heroine Maggie Eagle Heart, a woman with a traumatic past and her hero, the titular "privileged" hero James Carlson. When James enters Maggie's life, he forces her to confront her abusive past. Overcoming issues such as alcoholism, drugs and prostitution, Maggie is an unbelievably strong heroine that will amaze readers. With such an incredible backstory, we just had to find out more about Maggie and her past. So today Sarah M. Anderson joins us to answer our questions about her fascinating heroine.

***


Read More>>

Tags: RT Daily Blog, Romance
0COMMENTS SUBSCRIBE TO RSS FEED EMAIL SHARE PERMALINKREAD ENTIRE POST

Guess The Heroine Of Katharine Ashe's How A Lady Weds A Rogue And WIn Big!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

Historical romance author Katharine Ashe has us head over heels for the handsome heroes of the Falcon Club. This summer's How to be a Proper Lady has just hit shelves and fans who have already read the book don't have long to wait for the next series installment: September's How a Lady Weds a Rogue. We know that this novel will match one of the Falcon Club men with a country miss, but the heroine's identity has been a tightly wrapped secret — until now! All this week the author is giving readers a chance to guess the heroine's identity with a giveaway. Fabulous prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. But don't worry; you won't be guessing blindly, each day Ashe will reveal a new clue to help you discover the heroine's identity. Now we're handing this post over to Katharine Ashe, so she can share how to enter and who is eligible to participate ... and of course, the very first hint of the contest!


Read More>>

Tags: RT Daily Blog, Romance
58COMMENTS SUBSCRIBE TO RSS FEED EMAIL SHARE PERMALINKREAD ENTIRE POST