Monday, January 20, 2014

A Kiss of Lies Book Tour: Review + Guest Post + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the A Kiss of Lies book tour! I have a review of this amazing book coming up, as well as a guest post from the author and a giveaway for a $35 gift card, a Loveswept mug, and a Loveswept tote. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

A Kiss of Lies (The Disgraced Lords, #1)
Release date: January 14, 2014
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Disgraced Lords #1

In Bronwen Evans’s Loveswept debut, a pair of damaged souls ignite each other’s deepest passions—even as they tempt fate by deceiving the world.

Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. A governess, however, has no business in the arms of an earl, and as she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets.

One of the renowned Libertine Scholars, Christian Trent once enjoyed the company of any woman he chose. But that was before the horrors of Waterloo, his wrongful conviction of a hideous crime, and his forcible removal from England. Far from home and the resources he once had, Christian believes the life he knew—and any chance of happiness—is over . . . until his ward’s governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.

My Rating: 5 Roses

An absolutely brilliant historical romance, full of secrets and dark pasts, A Kiss of Lies was a fantastic read. I completely and totally loved this book! Every bit of it, from start to finish, was wonderful. Loved it, just loved it!

Sarah was a lovely heroine. She had been through horrors in her marriage, but she survived and kept her strength. She definitely proved herself a worthy heroine in that regard. But, she was also kind and genuinely likable. I thought she was wonderful and I really liked her.

Christian was also amazing. This man was so sweet. He was determined to take care of his new ward and intent on protecting the woman he loved. The injuries he got during the war took away his confidence completely, but instead of being bitter, he stayed an honorable true gentleman. I adored him. I thought he was perfect.

The romance was wonderful. I thought it was so sweet how Sarah and Christian helped each other heal, and how both were willing to sacrifice for the other. And, the chemistry between them was sensuous and hot. I thought they were lovely together.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were tons of secrets buried in the characters' pasts that took me by surprise and kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was lovely. I can't wait to read more from this series, because it's off to a fantastic start!

A Kiss of Lies was a brilliant historical romance. I absolutely loved this book! From the romance, to the secrets, it was wonderful. Romance lovers, this book is a must read.

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*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Guest Post:

The Courageous Mrs. Sarah Cooper – A Kiss of Lies, Bronwen Evans

Hi Farrah

I’m waving from New Zealand. Even though it’s summer in NZ, I bet it’s still not as warm as Florida!

Thanks for haivng me over today to talk about my latest release, A KISS OF LIES. My Regency romance focuses on Christian Trent, the Earl of Markham, and his struggle to come to terms with horrendous injuries he received fighting at Waterloo. Then he’s forcibly removed from England, accused of a crime he didn’t committ, leaving him penniless and alone in York, Canada (now called Toronto).

However, no romance works without the heroine. I knew I’d have to create a very special women to win Christian’s heart. Mrs. Sarah Cooper, young and recently widowed, is perfect for Christian.

Sarah has been secretly infatuated with Christian since she was a young woman of fifteen. She’s never been formally introduced to him, having been indecently married off by a father wishing to pay off his gambling debts. Her husband was plantation owner in Virginia, so like Christian she found herself far from home in a world very harsh and unforgiving.

To say that Sarah’s marriage was not a happy one is an understatement. So, when she spies an advert for the role of governess in Lord Markham’s household seems like fate. She wants the safety of being in his household but is unsure if he’ll give her the role…

Christian stared at her, his gaze measuring for a moment, before asking, “I take it you haven’t actually worked as a governess. Do you have any experience with children? Do you have children of your own?”

Sarah did not let this bombardment of questions rattle her. She pondered a reply that would be at least half credible. Lies were a slippery trap. One lie often led to many more, until you had no place left to turn.

She gave an impression of ease by relaxing back in her chair, yet she could feel the muscles in her neck tightening. “No. This would be my first position as a governess, and I’ve never been blessed with children of my own.”

“Have you ever spent any time around children?” he probed.

She shook her head, feeling despair inch into her blood. He was not going to employ her. With a resigned sigh, Sarah simply said, “The one qualification I do have is that I too lost my mother at an early age. I know exactly how Lily is feeling.”

He sat contemplating her, and then slowly smiled. The very same smile that had taken her breath away the first time she saw him, when only a young girl. Even now the smile stirred her insides, and her heart lifted. He was still stunningly gorgeous.

“Perfect. That’s the most important qualification I can imagine. Lily needs someone who can empathize with her. However, before I decide on the person most suitable for the position, I will seek Lily’s opinion.”

Lord Markham moved his right arm to pull the bell beside his desk, and grimaced.

Lifting a searching gaze to his face, she detected a pallor to his complexion that she’d missed before. The blood drained from his face, and lines of pain fanned out from his stunning green eyes. It would appear his burns were more extensive than were visible to the eye. The realization aroused the most absurd desire in her. She’d seen far too much suffering during the last eighteen months. She wanted to go to him and offer him comfort.

Sarah shook herself mentally at such an inappropriate impulse. It was the one sure way to ensure she did not get the position. Finding him watching her with an unsettlingly candid gaze, she damped down her impulse to inquire after his health.

She’d master the art of servitude even if she had to bite her tongue in half to do so. She had to learn, and fast, that she was now subservient, and therefore should not engage her betters.

To find out Sarah’s secret and to read their love story check out A Kiss of Lies. Thanks for having me here.

Happy reading
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About the Author:
Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She has always indulged her love of storytelling and is constantly gobbling up movies, books, and theater. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer? Evans is a two-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.


  1. Thank you for hosting today!!

  2. Happy to be part of the tour :)

  3. Hi Farrah - thank you for a lovely post! Much appreciated.