Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Compromising Miss Tisdale Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Compromising Miss Tisdale book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $50 gift card. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Compromising Miss Tisdale
Release date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Regency Blooms #1

Ambrosia Tisdale is the very picture of propriety and the epitome of what a respectable young lady should be. Haunted by a memory and compelled by her family, she pursues perfection to a fault.

The Earl of Bristol, Duncan Maddox, has returned to London after years of familial-imposed exile. As the second son, he has led a life filled with frivolity, leisure, and a healthy dose of debauchery. Now his older brother has died, leaving the family’s flailing legacy in Duncan’s unwilling arms.

At the behest of his uncle, Duncan is advised to do the one thing that could provide instant fortune and respectability—he must marry. But there is only one prospect who meets the unique requirements to solve all the Earl’s problems—the lovely Miss Ambrosia Tisdale. But securing the prudent daughter of a Viscount’s hand proves to be more challenging than this scandal-ridden second son of an Earl has bargained for.

With scandal, extortion, treachery, and even love itself threatening to keep him from his goal, will Duncan succeed or find himself compromised by Miss Tisdale?

My Rating: 4.5 Roses

A sweet historical romance, Compromising Miss Tisdale was a lovely read. I really enjoyed reading this fantastic book. It had wonderful romance. secrets, and a betrayal I never saw coming. Loved it!

Ambrosia was a good heroine. I'll admit, at first, I didn't like her very much. She was a little too straight-laced and judgmental. But, as the book went on, she loosened up and became much more likable. She was strong in her own quiet way and very loyal to those she loved, willing to face anything in order to help them. By the end of the book, I really liked her.

Duncan also had a less than perfect start. He was a bit shallow and reckless. But, again, he changed as the book went on, becoming more thoughtful and kind. He was very sweet and he would do anything for those he truly loved. I thought he was adorable.

The romance was sweet. I liked how Ambrosia and Duncan slowly fell in love, despite their differences. There was an attraction between them from the moment they met, though the steaminess wasn't too high in this book. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were some secrets in store and one in particular blew me away. It was definitely an unexpected betrayal. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was perfect, with a nice lead in to the next book, Tamsin's story, if I remember correctly. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more from this series.

Compromising Miss Tisdale was a lovely historical romance. It was sweet, enjoyable, and managed to surprise me with a shocking secret. I really enjoyed reading it. Romance lovers, this is a book you don't want to miss.

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

He stepped forward, a twig snapping under the force of his right boot.

She startled and turned.

She had been crying. Even in the shadows he could see that her eyes were red and face blotchy from the trails of tears. For once, Miss Tisdale did not look her best, and in that imperfection he found her to be the most enticing she had ever been.

Duncan fell into her eyes, endless pools framed with wet clumps of black lashes that drew him towards her. And then her lips, already full, now swollen from her sobbing, parted slightly.

He was lost. God help him, he was no longer intoxicated by brandy alone, but rather the beauty of one woman.

Duncan reached up and cupped her face in his hands. Without any words or pretense, he simply swooped down and kissed her. It wasn’t a gentle kiss, nor was it rough. It was certain and decided. He kissed her ardently, holding her face and savoring the salty taste of her tears still wet on her lips.

He waited for it to stop, for her to slap him or push him away. But then she did something totally unexpected. She grabbed his arms and kissed him back. The action left him disarmed and completely infatuated. This was the woman from the library whom he had come to remember. And her kiss was not tentative as it once was - but now firm and without trepidation.
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About the Author:
Jessica  Jefferson
Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it – almost Chicago. Jessica originally attended college in hopes of achieving an English degree and writing the next great American novel. Ten years later she was working as a registered nurse and reading historical romance when she decided to give writing another go-round.

Jessica writes likes she speaks, which has a tendency to be fast paced and humorous. Jessica is heavily inspired by sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy to transport the reader into a story they miss long after the last page is read. She invites you to visit her at and read her random romance musings.


  1. Goddess Fish PromosDecember 18, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Thank you for hosting

  2. Nice excerpt, thank you.

  3. I really like the excerpt. Thanks for a great stop.

  4. Excellent review for Compromising Miss Tisdale. And well deserved! Best of luck with sales, Jessica :)

  5. Thank you so much for having me today!

  6. Thanks Joanne!

  7. Thank you!

  8. Thanks Rita!

  9. I really liked the excerpt!

  10. I loved the excerpt and the review! Thank you! Also, thank you for the giveaway.

  11. Great review and the excerpt was so romantic. I'll have to check it out!

  12. I loved the fact that in your review you said that the characters developed in the book. That is something that really encourages me to read a particular book