Friday, October 11, 2013

Marriage Minded Lord Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Marriage Minded Lord book tour! I have a review of this lovely book coming up, as well as a giveaway for a $10 gift card and swag. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Marriage Minded Lord (a Darrington family novel, #1)
Release date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Self
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Darrington Family #1

When an outrageous meeting leads to inappropriate desire, will family honor and duty destroy a chance for true love?

Felix Alan Darrington, Earl of Swandon has been summoned to London by his mother. Though he has obligations to Parliament, his meddling parent has reminded him it’s time to do his duty, marry and provide her with grandchildren. But Felix refuses to wed under dictate. He’ll choose the woman and the time, and if he’s lucky he’ll marry for love.

Clarice Delacroix is a lady’s companion. Though she’s an illegitimate daughter of a duke, her mother was a French opera singer which puts Clarice firmly between worlds. Possessed of a quick temper and a penchant for making pastries, she longs for adventure, romance and acceptance, but she refuses to be anyone’s mistress. Her mother’s life is not for her.

As Felix schemes to spend more time with Clarice and find out why the Frenchwoman intrigues him, the titled lady who wishes to be his countess conspires to keep them apart. Felix quickly finds that balancing relationships between family and love is not as easy as first thought, or as black and white. Someone in his circle isn’t telling the truth, and the repercussions could prove deadly to Clarice’s future.

My Rating: 5 Roses

A sweet, lovely historical romance, Marriage Minded Lord was a wonderful read. It had sweet romance and a psychotic lady determined to tear the lovers apart. I really enjoyed reading this fantastic book. Loved it!

Clarice was a fun heroine. She's very impulsive and tends to do things without thinking them through, which leads to some entertaining moments. Like when she "accidentally" drops a tray of desserts on her cruel mistress. It definitely brought a tone of humor to the story. She was a strong character who knew what she wanted and what she didn't want. I only had one minor issue. She is very much a strong character. So, I didn't get why she let her mistress treat her the way she did. It didn't seem to fit with her character. But, other than that, I really liked Clarice. She was great.

Felix was a sweetheart. I adored him! Like Clarice, he was a character who knew what he wanted. And, what he wanted was Clarice. He was smitten with her right away and, as soon as he knew his feelings for her ran deep, he was after nothing less than marriage, and to hell with anyone who gossiped about them. He was so sweet and strong and devoted and just adorable. I thought he was perfect.

The romance was mostly sweet, with a hint of spice. Clarice and Felix were so cute together. Both were very honest with themselves and each other about their feelings, so that was nice. It was easy to tell how infatuated they were with each other. And, there was a dash of spice that was very hot, though it wasn't the focus of their relationship. I thought they were a lovely couple.

Lady Drummond is Clarice's mistress and she played a big part, so I just want to mention her. This woman is mean. It was not difficult to hate her. She is cruel and awful and very hate-able. How she treated Clarice, how she tried to break the lovers apart, how she gained her fortune. It was all horrifying. And she is full on crazy. Completely off her rocker. And, her character made things interesting. She was a character that I loved to hate.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

Marriage Minded Lord was a fantastic historical romance. I loved this book! It was a truly lovely, enjoyable read. Lovers of historical romance, you have to read this book.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs is a $10 gift card, as well as some swag given at each stop (so follow the tour if you want more chances to win swag). Ends October 12. 
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About the Author:

Sandra is a writer of romantic fiction. Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, sci-fi, and paranormal romances in full-length books as well as shorts and novellas. No matter if the heat level is spicy or sweet, she loves to blend genres and oftentimes will add humor to the mix.

When not immersed in creating new worlds and engaging characters, Sandra likes to read, bake, taste new teas, watch The Big Bang Theory, and Psych as well as Finding Bigfoot and travel. Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World: it’s where dreams come true and the soul can play. When she’s not writing, she’s keeping things interesting at her Believing is Seeing blog or spending time with her husband, who patiently answers questions she has about men, sci-fi-related subjects, and the odd “what if”.

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  1. thank you for the opportunity to win

  2. Thank you for hosting today!

  3. Glad to be part of the tour :)

  4. Marrriage Minded Lord sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway!


  5. Thanks for hosting me today! :-)

  6. Great review. I look forward to reading this one. I have it on my wish list.