Wednesday, October 2, 2013

What Not to Bare Book Tour: Review + Interview + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the What Not to Bare book tour, organized by Tasty Book Tours! I have a review of this wonderful book coming up, as well as an author interview and a giveaway for a $10 gift card and some other cool stuff. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

What Not To Bare
Release date: October 14, 2013
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: N/A

In Megan Frampton’s witty historical romance, a woman is judged by her gown, and a man by his reputation—until both are shed in one sexy moment of seduction.

Lady Charlotte Jepstow certainly knows how to make an impression—a terrible one. Each one of her ball gowns is more ostentatiously ugly than the one before. Even she has been forced to wonder: Is she unmarried because of her abysmal wardrobe, or does she wear clashing clothing because she doesn’t want to be pursued in the first place? But when Charlotte meets Lord David Marchston, suddenly a little courtship doesn’t sound so bad after all.

David will be the first to admit he’s made some mistakes. But when he gets yanked from his post by his superiors, he is ordered to do the unthinkable to win back his position: woo his commander’s niece. If David wants his life back, he must use his skills as a negotiator to persuade society that Charlotte is a woman worth pursuing, despite her rather unusual “flair” for color. But David does such a terrific job that he develops an unexpected problem, one that violates both his rakish mentality and his marching orders: He’s starting to fall in love.

My Rating: 5 Roses

Fun, sweet, and steamy, What Not to Bare was a lovely historical romance! I really enjoyed reading this book. It was just wonderful and I absolutely loved it!

I loved the twist on Beauty and the Beast this took. We have "The Abomination" and "Mr. Gorgeous." I loved how it was done. It was fun and sweet and made this book even better.

Charlotte was a fun heroine. She has her own way of doing things and that hasn't gone so well in Society. Her rather eccentric (read: terrible) taste in dresses has earned the the nickname "The Abomination." But, what I loved about her, is that she just kept doing as she pleased, uncaring of what anyone else thinks of her. I really liked her. She was a wonderful character.

David has been judged by his looks his entire life. And, not it the way that's usually meant. He's been seen as just a pretty face, meant to just stand there and look pretty. But, he wanted to be more than just a face and he's spent years proving his full worth. And, earned himself a nickname while doing his work in India. "Mr. Gorgeous." Well, he was certainly gorgeous. But, he was also sweet, clever, and just wonderful. One thing is specific that I appreciated about him was that he didn't keep secrets from Charlotte. That usually gets romance heroes in trouble, but he had the sense to avoid it. I adored him. He was a perfect hero.

The romance was lovely. Charlotte and David were super sweet together. They weren't ones to hide their infatuation and it was so adorable. And, of course, the steaminess was off the charts. They certainly had sparks flying between them. Even though they don't go all the way until near the end of the book, the heat level was always up. I thought these two were a wonderful couple.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. This book was so much fun to read, with the with, the humor, and the horrible dresses. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

What Not to Bare was a fantastic historical romance. I really loved this wonderful read. It was fun, light, romantic, and just amazing. Lovers of romance, this is a book you definitely need to read.

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*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Author Interview:

Megan Frampton majored in English literature at Barnard College, with a double minor in political science and religion. She worked in the music industry for fifteen years, editing and writing music reviews for a music-industry trade magazine and eventually becoming the editor in chief. Frampton married one of her former interns and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with him and her son. When she isn’t writing, she serves as the community manager for the romance novel website Heroes and Heartbreakers.

Welcome to Imagine a World! I’m so glad you could be here :)

What is the hardest part about writing for you? The easiest?
The hardest part about writing is finding the time--I can find all sorts of things to occupy myself with when it’s time to sit down and put fingers on the keyboard. I work full-time, and I count napping as one of my favorite pastimes, so the time has to be the hardest to come by.

The easiest thing to do, once I am writing, is write witty (I hope!) dialogue between my characters. They are far wittier than I am, usually.

If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play your characters?
What Not to Bare’s hero--Lord David--is closely modeled (so to speak!) after the British male supermodel David Gandy. So I’d want him to play it. For Lady Charlotte, I was thinking of a youngish Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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What do you do when you get writer’s block?
I take a bath or nap--it sounds like classic procrastination, but those moments of relaxation allow my brain to wander, and I usually find something to get me going.

Are there any authors in particular (living or dead) who inspire you?
Absolutely! Gosh, it’s hard to think of writers who don’t inspire me--most of all, I admire the authors who can continue to keep their passion for their work. Obviously, one of the most inspiring author for any historical writer is Jane Austen, who wrote in fits and starts because she had to hide it from everybody.

Do you have any upcoming books you’re working on? Can you tell us a little about it?
I’m working on a sexy contemporary set in New York City; I’ve also got another historical with a very proper duke and a lady who wants to challenge herself (and him) to try new things.

If you could go back in time (to any time at all), what time period would you go to and why?
That’s a tough question, because I am invariably brought up short by thinking about lack of plumbing and adequate medicines. I bet the Victorian era would be amazing to have lived in, however, because of how much resonance and settling was happening after the explosion of culture and innovation that happened in the Regency.

Plus I’d look pretty good in Victorian fashion, so there’s that.

Summer or winter?
Summer! I have the largest collection of maxi dresses in the world, I think, and I really don’t like wearing socks. So summer it is.

Cat or dog?
I like both, but we have a cat, so for Kiki’s sake, I have to say cat.

Tea or coffee?
Both! I drink coffee in the morning, and tea in the afternoon and evening, when I’m writing.

Always with milk.

Book or movie?
Book, of course. I am a voracious reader, and am constantly discovering new authors.

Bad boy or boy next door?
Bad boy, natch! Preferably one who is super-tall, dark, and ridiculously intelligent

Thanks for coming!
Thanks for having me!
Up for grabs is a $10 gift card and 2 Loveswept Hunk Mugs. Ends October 26.
Good luck!

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  1. Thank you for hosting today!

  2. Nurmawati DjuhawanOctober 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    is this INT giveaway?