Monday, May 19, 2014

Daring Miss Danvers & Winning Miss Wakefield Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Daring Miss Danvers and Winning Miss Wakefield book tour! I have reviews coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for copies of Daring Miss Danvers and Winning Miss Wakefield. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the books:

Daring Miss Danvers (Wallflower Weddings, #1)
Release date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Wallflower Weddings #1

It's all fun and games . . . until someone falls in love.

Oliver Goswick, Viscount Rathburn, needs money—and soon. With time ticking away and his inheritance held hostage until he's properly wed, Rathburn's slim options point to a single solution: a faux engagement. In need of the perfect bride, he knows of only one candidate: his best friend's wallflower sister. The plan seems flawless, except for one problem . . . He can't help falling in love with her.

Poised, polished Emma Danvers knows nothing good can come of Rathburn's scheme. Spending the next two months engaged in a mock courtship is not what she'd imagined for her final season. Yet, charmed by his roguish ways and the inexplicable hammering he causes in her heart, she accepts his challenge.

For Emma, keeping the secret seemed easy when it was just a game . . . But as Rathburn begins to see past her reserved exterior to the passionate woman within, the risk of losing her heart becomes all too real.

Winning Miss Wakefield (Wallflower Weddings, #2)Release date: June 10, 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Wallflower Weddings #2

She's got nothing left to lose…

With her fiancé suddenly engaged to another and her reputation in tatters, Merribeth Wakefield needs a bold plan to reclaim her life. She must be brave. Confident. She must … kiss a rake? The suggestion is ludicrous! Yet when Merribeth finds herself alone with the dark and brooding Lord Knightswold, suddenly the plan doesn't seem so farfetched. So she does something she never thought she'd do—she kisses him.

But he has everything to gain…
The Marquess of Knightswold—Bane to most—has no use for the affections of women. Well, none lasting longer than a single night. A plot for revenge weighs heavy on his mind, leaving no room for romance. But then a shy, witty miss borrows a kiss from him in a darkened room, and everything he thought he knew about innocent debutantes vanishes along with her.

When a twist of fate brings Merribeth within Bane's grasp, he'll have to resist her charms—or risk losing everything—for the sake of his heart.

My Rating for Daring Miss Danvers: 5 Roses

A sweet, charming, delight of a read, Daring Miss Danvers was a wonderful historical romance. I absolutely loved this sweet book. It was a truly lovely read.

Emma was a wonderful heroine. She was a kind-hearted, likable character that was strong willed in a quieter way. She could be a bit misguided at times, but only ever with good intentions. I thought she was a lovely character.

Oliver was also great. When he wanted something, heaven help the person who got in his way. He was a very determined type of man. But, he was also a real sweetie. He was genuinely kind and utterly adorable. I thought he was perfect.

The romance was lovely. Emma and Oliver were wonderful together. I liked that they didn't bother to deny their feelings, though they had some trouble communicating them. And the chemistry between them was hot. They were an absolutely perfect couple.

The plot was fast-paced and I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed this sweet story and the ending was lovely.

Daring Miss Danvers was a delightful historical romance. I really loved this sweet charmer of a book. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll definitely want to read.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

My Rating for Winning Miss Wakefield4 Roses

A sweet and enjoyable read, Winning Miss Wakefield was a lovely historical romance. It was a quick, light read, that I really liked.

Merribeth was a good heroine. She was a likable, kind character. I wish that she had been able to assert herself better, rather than go with what others put her up to. But, she did grow stronger over the course of the book, so I ended up liking her.

Bane was wonderful. He put on a formidable mask of a callous rake, but he was really very sweet and felt everything deeply. I wanted to shake some sense into him a few times, for letting his need for vengeance nearly blind him, but, overall, I really liked him.

The romance was lovely. Despite looking like an odd couple at first (the proper maid and the dangerous rake), they were perfect for each other. The heat between them was sensuous and there was spice sprinkled in there, too. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was well paced and, while I wasn't hooked, I was kept interested the entire way through. I enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was lovely.

Winning Miss Wakefield was a lovely historical romance. It was a quick, light, and utterly charming read that I really enjoyed. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

He grinned and waggled his brows as if they were two criminals who’d made a lucky escape.

“Not quite as buttoned-up as I thought.” He licked his lips, ignoring her look of disapproval. “Mmm . . . jasmine tea. And sweet, too. I would have thought you’d prefer a more sedate China black with lemon. Then again, I never would have thought such a proper miss would have such a lush, tempting mouth either.” 

She pressed her lips together to blot away the remains of their kiss. “Have you no shame? It’s bad enough that it happened. Must you speak of it?” 

He chuckled and stroked the pad of his thumb over his bottom lip as his gaze dipped, again, to her mouth. “You’re right, of course. This will have to be our secret. After all, what would happen if my grandmother discovered that beneath a façade of modesty and decorum lived a warm-blooded temptress with the taste of sweet jasmine on her lips?” 

She was saved by another knock, this one on the study door. Parker entered the room, a burnished bronze salver in hand.

By this time, they were a respectable distance apart and her expression was back to its usual cast of disapproval. The butler presented her with an invitation. “This just arrived, Miss.” “Thank you, Parker.” And when he exited, he left the door open. Bless his soul. Apparently, Rathburn found that amusing as well. “

That will be an invitation to tea from my grandmother. Her seal’s on the back.” Tea with the dowager. Engaged to Rathburn. Could her day get any worse? Before she could open the missive, he took her hand and bowed over it, lifting his head just enough to wink at her as he pressed his lips to her knuckles. “Until tomorrow, Emma—” 

She yanked her hand out of his grasp. “If you call me Emmaline after what I’ve done for you, then so help me, I’ll toss this invitation into the fire.” He laughed, the rich sound tingling inside her ears and along the soles of her feet simultaneously. The sensation took her by complete surprise and left her staring after him as he walked toward the door. Before he left, he turned and bowed once more.

“Until tomorrow, Emma—mine.”
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I fell in love with fairy tales and the romance behind happily ever after at a very young age. Like a lot of you, I tweaked the fables bit by bit in my imagination until they suited me perfectly. By the time I was eleven, a teacher encouraged me to start writing.

Throughout the years that followed, my teachers remained my most fervent supporters, giving me the tools I needed to continue my journey as a writer.

My husband and I have two teenage boys, who are heroes in their own right. For now, we live in a small Midwestern town near Lake Michigan…until a time in the future when a new adventure calls us to other shores.

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  1. Thank you for hosting, Farrah! :)

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